Plea struck in 2006 murder in Montrose

A man who faced trial in December in the 2006 death and burning of another man in Montrose has instead struck a plea agreement with prosecutors there.

Jeremy Hodges, 28, pleaded guilty during an unscheduled hearing Sept. 2 to an amended count of second-degree murder in the death of Steven Kublin, according to records on file with Montrose Combined Courts.

Hodges is being held without bond prior to a scheduled sentencing hearing Oct. 9 before District Judge Jeff Herron.

An arrest warrant affidavit, law enforcement’s factual basis for bringing charges in the case, remains filed under seal.

Kublin, a drifter and Michigan native, was found dead by a bicyclist on Nov. 9, 2006, on a trail northeast of Montrose near the Montrose County Landfill.

Kublin had burns covering roughly 90 percent of his body; authorities believed the body was set on fire postmortem.

Authorities have not confirmed the manner of death in Kublin’s case.

Hodges was arrested in Ouray in May 2008 after the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department received a tip in the case.


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