Depault gets 42 years in Dylan Newman slaying

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By AJ Vicens

Jeffrey S. Depault will have 42 years to think about his role in the murder of Dylan Newman.

Jefferson County District Judge Dennis Hall sentenced Depault, 22, to 42 years after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated robbery and one violent crime count in Newman's slaying in February.

Newman, 20, was shot by Adam Zamora during a purported marijuana deal April 3, 2007, in a South Jeffco home. Depault was accused of arranging the transaction.

Depault and Rooney agreed to testify against the Zamora brothers as a condition of plea deals. Rooney pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October 2007 and will be sentenced Aug. 29. He faces 16 to 48 years in prison.

The Zamoras went on trial in July on numerous charges, including first-degree murder. Adam Zamora, 22, was found guilty of first-degree felony murder and faces a mandatory life term when he is sentenced Oct. 31. Aaron Zamora, 20, was found guilty of reckless manslaughter and faces two to six years in prison.

Attorneys for both Zamoras painted Depault as the mastermind of the deal during the July trial. They said Depault planned to rob Newman and didn't tell the Zamoras, who were unwittingly pulled into his plan. Prosecutors said Depualt conspired with the brothers to rob Newman of more than $10,000 in cash. Newman reportedly assumed he was going to buy 3 pounds of marijuana from the Zamoras, and prosecutors said there never was any marijuana. Depault and the Zamoras were planning to rob Newman all along, prosecutors said.