Life in Prison

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Feb 26, 2009 at 7:31 PM EST

A Broome County man will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

32 year old Steven Colegrove was convicted of 3 counts of first degree murder last month.

Today, he was sentenced in Bradford County Court.

Action News reporter Gabe Osterhout was there.

32 year old Steven Colegrove didn't say anything as the judge read his sentence...

3 consecutive life sentences.

Last month, a jury convicted Colegrove of 3 counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of his mother Marlene, father Joseph and brother Michael.

All 3 were found shot to death in their Tuscarora Township home in August 2007.

"Today's the end of the case, the horrible loss of life and not much can be done to undo it. We've done what we can. He'll be in prison forever," says Bradford County District Attorney Dan Barrett.

Some of the jurors who convicted Colegrove came back for his sentencing.

Those jurors couldn't decide whether to sentence him to life or death.

They say while deciding the sentence was difficult, the evidence was there for a conviction.

"The gun, the marks, shells...that was... There was no getting over that? No, I mean the shells matched the gun, the blood, DNA. I mean you can't get out of that," says juror Fred Travis.

Some of Colegrove's friends say they still keep in touch with them.

And they still believe he's innocent.

"I've seen a psychic and not everyone believes that but I've heard a lot from this psychic, I've understood some stuff and I'm going to go through it and see if I can find a tiny piece of evidence to clear his name," says Melissa Smith, Colegrove's friend.

Until that happens, if ever, Colegrove will spend the rest of his life behind bars, with no chance of parole.

In Towanda, Gabe Osterhout, WBNG-TV Action News.

In addition to the 3 life sentences, Colegrove must also pay more than 33-thousand dollars in restitution and all prosecution costs.

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