By Monte Whaley - The Denver Post - 06/08/2009
James Whitler is charged with killing a process server who came to serve him with divorce papers May 28, 2008
FORT COLLINS — A man who brutally beat a process server to death in May 2008 and then tried to kill his two young children was sentenced to life in prison today without possibility of parole after being called heartless and a monster by the victim's friends and family.
James Whitler also was sentenced to two consecutive 24-year-sentences for the attempted murder of his son, 11, and daughter, 13.
Larimer District Judge Daniel Kaup told Whitler he could have merely accepted the divorce papers from Stephen Allen on May 28, 200,8 and moved on with his life. But instead, Whitler beat Allen to death with a baseball bat and then tried to stab his daughter and strangle both children unconscious.
"This didn't have to end this way," Kaup told Whitler before passing sentence.
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Loveland man gets life term for killing man serving divorce papers