Agate man sentenced for killing Parker resident

Posted 7/25/17

An Elbert County jury convicted Agate resident Shawn Geerdes, 48, of killing former Parker resident Jason Dosa, 44, whom authorities determined was Geerdes' partner in a marijuana grow business.

On July 19, the jury found Geerdes guilty on three …

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Agate man sentenced for killing Parker resident

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An Elbert County jury convicted Agate resident Shawn Geerdes, 48, of killing former Parker resident Jason Dosa, 44, whom authorities determined was Geerdes' partner in a marijuana grow business.

On July 19, the jury found Geerdes guilty on three counts: second-degree murder, a Class 2 felony; setting a wildfire, a Class 3 felony; and second-degree arson, a Class 4 felony. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 96 years in prison if he is found to be a habitual offender during his Sept. 5 sentencing hearing.

The case began Sept. 20, 2015, when Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies discovered a wildfire ignited by a burning car. Investigating officers found a body in the trunk, later identified as Dosa. He had been shot five times.

“When reviewing a case, our office always evaluates the applicability of affirmative defenses, such as self-defense or defense of premises, commonly known as `Make My Day,' ” Senior Deputy District Attorney Douglas Bechtel said. “However, the defendant's actions in this case… (show) that the defendant knew this was not a justified shooting.”

Investigators traced Dosa's movements and found his last location at a marijuana greenhouse in Agate on land owned by Geerdes. Dosa and Geerdes were former partners in the grow operation. Authorities found bloodstains and spent shell casings at the grow house, indicating Dosa had been killed there and his body was later transported to Jefferson County.

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