Poker Pro Marcus Bebb-Jones Pleads Guilty to Murder of Wife

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Jagajeet Chiba
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Poker Pro Marcus Bebb-Jones Pleads Guilty to Murder of Wife

UK poker pro Marcus Bebb-Jones has plead guilty of murdering his wife in 1997, thus avoiding a trial that was set to begin April 1.  He admitted to dumping her body in a Colorado national park. Her skull was discovered in Douglass Pass in 2004.  The body has never been found.

The poker pro had previously denied killing his Vietnamese-American wife Sabrina Bebb-Jones.  He would eventually be arrested in 2009.

The 49-year-old entered his plea on Friday and is due to be sentenced on 1 May.

Speaking to the BBC on Tuesday, the district attorney in Garfield County, Sheri Caloia said: "We are happy we can get on with sentencing now.
"Since the skull was discovered it's taken three and a half years to bring [the case] to fruition."

Marcus Bebb-Jones will be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years behind bars.  He avoided a life sentence by pleading to second degree murder.

The defendant blamed the murder on “heat of passion” and took off on a “Vegas Playboy Weekend” immediately afterwards, using his dead wife’s credit cards.

He shot himself in the head shortly thereafter in a failed suicide attempt. 

- Jagajeet Chiba,