In imposing the 35-year sentence, Burdette noted that Crozier was not eligible for alternative sentencing. Due to the violent offenses, he must serve at least 85 percent — or just under 30 years — before he becomes eligible for parole.
On Thursday, defense attorney John Delaney asked only that Judge Burdette accept Montgomery’s recommendation and read a letter of apology written by Crozier.
The letter focused mainly on his regrets to his family and how much he will miss them during his incarceration. He particularly mentioned his daughter, who had attended every hearing.
A brief, straight-forward sentencing hearing Thursday morning brought to a close the case of Bret Crozier, who two years ago went on an overnight crime spree that left one man dead and three others wounded.
Crozier had been accused of killing 76-year-old Albert Hail in his Oak Hill Road home before traveling to Sycamore Trail and wounding Samuel Flores, then 23, and Diego Martinez, 25. Taylor was shot and wounded in the early morning hours of October 25.