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Original post, 10:06 a.m. July 24: Last October brought a crime that was as shocking as it was senseless -- the murder of five people at Fero's Bar & Grill, which was set on fire in an attempt to cover up evidence of the massacre.

Now, two of the three men accused in the case -- brothers Lynell and Joseph Hill -- have pleaded guilty for their actions, leaving only compatriot Dexter Hill's fate undetermined.

Learn the latest and remember the victims below via our original coverage and more.

At about 1:50 a.m. on October 17, as we've reported, the Glendale Fire Department responded to a call about a fire at Fero's, 357 South Colorado Boulevard. Inside, they found an indescribably grisly scene -- the bodies of five people, all of whom were stabbed to death. They were later identified as Fero's owner Young Fero, 63; Kellene Fallon, 45; Tereasa Beesley, 45; Ross Richter, 29; and Daria Pohl, 22.

We've got more information about each of the victims below -- but in the meantime, here are photos of each. Our sincere condolences to their family, friends and loved ones.

At an October press conference announcing the arrests of the three men, Denver Police Commander Ron Saunier said "it appears that the motive of this crime was robbery. They came in there...I don't want to say it was a robbery gone bad...." He added that "the arson was set to try to cover up the crime scene of the event."

The arrests of Lewis and the Hills were swift, and the seriousness of the crimes put the death penalty into play -- which likely accounts for the brothers' decision to plead guilty. Joseph copped to five counts of first-degree murder in order to avoid capital punishment; he'll receive a life sentence. Lynell, for his part, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder, aggravated robbery and first-degree arson. The agreement stipulates a prison term of seventy years.

And Lewis? He's got a status hearing tomorrow afternoon -- and you can bet the pressure will be on him now to plead guilty as well.

Look below to see mug shots of the three men, followed by the charging documents, which testify to the brutality of what took place at Fero's. After that, find our original coverage in its entirety, including more photos and videos.

Fero's Bar and Grill Murder-Arson: Charging Documents

Continue to see our previous coverage of the crimes at Fero's Bar & Grill.
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