A man accused of killing a Kiowa man whose body was found off Interstate 70 near Silver Plume in 2010 has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Shawn Sheeley, 37, of the Denver area, is likely facing 30 years in prison for the crime as part of a plea agreement. A second defendant in the case, Jesus Reyna, is facing a first-degree murder charge, which would carry a penalty of life without parole.
Residents discovered the body of 31-year-old Conrad Keith Crall Oct. 9, 2010 as they were hiking around their property, according to press reports at the time.
Sheeley and Reyna were charged after new evidence cleared Thomas Claeys, a previous suspect in the case who was arrested for first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery in May 2012.
"Claeys was cleared of his charges when evidence arose that implicated Shawn Sheeley," said Jill Sarmo, spokeswoman for the 5th Judicial District Attorney's office.
Sheeley was first interviewed regarding the Crall murder in April, 2012, while he was in custody for an unrelated crime. Reyna was arrested in August.
When Claeys was arrested, prosecutors said there were plans to bring charges against a second defendant, but didn't name the individual or elaborate on the charges.
Details of the case were never released as a judge issued a gag order and all of the relevant documents, including the arrest warrants were sealed.
Crall's body had been on the hiker's property for 10 days to two weeks when it was discovered, according to Clear Creek County authorities at the time. He was identified by his fingerprints and appeared to have been killed at the same location where his body was discovered.
A sentencing hearing for Sheeley has been set for March 18.