Why Shawn Geerdes Got 144 Years for Pot Murder/Arson

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Shawn Geerdes has been ordered to spend 144 years in prison for murder and arson in the death of Jason Dosa, his partner in a cannabis business. The length of the sentence speaks to the brutality of the crime, Geerdes’s hefty previous criminal history and the determination of the 18th Judicial District DA’s office, headed by 2018 gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler, who wrote in a recent Westword op-ed that at least eleven marijuana-related homicides have taken place in his jurisdiction since limited legalization of recreational pot in January 2014.

We first reported about Dosa’s slaying in September 2015, and at the time, authorities either didn’t know about a connection with marijuana or chose not to share the information publicly. As we noted then, a series of 911 reports about a burning car quickly turned into a murder investigation.

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