A man convicted in a 2011 murder will spend at least 25 years in prison.
Pima County Superior Court Judge Javier Chon-Lopez sentenced Bryan Lamar Lee, who was found guilty of first-degree murder and kidnapping in May.
Lee, 22, was found guilty of killing Jordan Peterson, 21, to whom a friend of Lee’s owed a drug debt.
At the trial, the state argued Lee and the other man, Reed Marrone, lured Peterson to Marrone’s house in 2011 on the promise they would pay him for marijuana he had given them and would buy more. When Peterson arrived, however, he was attacked, beaten and strangled to death.
Lee and Marrone then drove Peterson’s remains to a desert area in Marana and buried him in a shallow grave.
“Part of the images I now have are of my son rotting in a grave,” Peterson’s mother, Lisa Jasman, said at Monday’s sentencing.
Peterson’s father, Nathan Peterson, said, “I pray that nobody in this room has to go through this.”
Lee also was sentenced to 10½ years in prison for kidnapping. The two sentences will be served concurrently.
Marrone pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.