Assailant who beat homeless man to death with baseball bat in Thornton sentenced to prison

A man, who called himself the “Angel of Death” on his Facebook page, was sentenced on Friday to 55 years in prison for beating a homeless man to death with a baseball bat, prosecutors said.

Brandon Lee Sugg, 25, was sentenced in Adams County District Court for the murder of 47-year-old Brian McGreevy, according to the district attorney’s office.

courtesy Thornton Police Department

Brandon Lee Sugg

On May 25, 2017, Thornton police found McGreevy’s body in a pool of blood in a cinder-block trash-bin enclosure, behind the Sunrise Village Shopping Center, 9071 Washington St., according to a news release. Homeless people, including Sugg and his girlfriend, who was not identified, had been “staying” in the cinder block enclosure.

A baseball bat with dried blood on it was found in a trash bin near 12400 Washington St., the district attorney’s office said.

Sugg’s girlfriend told police that Sugg admitted to killing McGreevy after an argument, the release said. McGreevy, who suffered a traumatic brain injury, a severed kidney and a severed liver, was hit in the head multiple times.

On May 6, 2017, about two weeks before the deadly attack, Sugg beat McGreevy with a tricycle, causing a brain hemorrhage and multiple fractures. That incident put McGreevy in a hospital for 10 days, the release said. The broken tricycle was found in the same cinder block enclosure where McGreevy eventually was murdered.

After the baseball bat attack, Sugg fled Colorado to Arizona, where he was arrested.

“The defendant beat Brian McGreevy nearly to death on May 6, 2017,” said Kristen Baker, senior deputy
district attorney. “Eighteen days later, he finished what he started. He struck Brian McGreevy with a baseball bat over and over again.”

On Friday, Adams County District Judge Tomee Crespin sentenced Sugg to 40 years for second-degree murder and 15 years for first-degree assault in the earlier attack. Crespin ordered the sentences to be served consecutively.

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