Consecutive life sentences for man convicted of 2020 double homicide
Published on July 21, 2022
GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – A Greeley man convicted of killing two people in 2020, including a well-known Greeley-based trumpet player, will spend the rest of his natural life in prison.
Thursday morning, Weld District Court Judge Marcello Kopcow imposed two consecutive life sentences, and an additional 27 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, to 50-year-old Kevin Eastman for killing Heather Frank and Scott Sessions in February of 2020.
After a three week long trial, a jury convicted Eastman late Wednesday afternoon of:
COUNT 1: MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
COUNT 2: MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
COUNT 3: TAMPERING WITH A DECEASED HUMAN BODY
COUNT 4: TAMPERING WITH A DECEASED HUMAN BODY
COUNT 5: TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE
COUNT 6: TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE
During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, the court heard from many community members, as well as several family and friends of the two victims.
“He started a chain reaction that I’m sure he doesn’t know anything about,” Scott Sessions’ father, Stanley Sessions, said. “What he did was he caused our family the most anguish that you can ever impose on a family.”
Heather Frank’s son, Alexander McLaughlin, also spoke during the sentencing hearing and shared a heartfelt victim impact statement with the court.
“My mom was more than just my mom,” McLaughlin said. “She was my best friend. The memories we had together I will cherish forever. I miss her every day and will continue to miss her every day.”
McLaughlin also addressed the defendant, and told him he no longer has hate for him, but is rather disappointed for doing the “unimaginable.”
“I pray that one day you will come to the realization of what you’ve done,” McLaughlin said.
Stanley Sessions said during the past two years, he’s worked on forgiving the defendant because he “doesn’t want to carry his burden” for his heinous and vicious acts.
“Mr. Eastman, I have no quarrel with you,” Sessions said. “I hope and pray that you take advantage of the services in the prison system, and that you will find God in your life, and that you’ll find a way to become a better person. You still have a chance, but that’s not up to us.”
Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wrenn and Deputy District Attorney Yvette Guthrie prosecuted this case.