Denver, CO.- Kathy Adams’ family always thought there was something strange about her husband. They described him to the judge as “sadistic” and “extreme” during his trial for sexual assault and murder in his wife’s case.
The judge found him guilty and sentenced him to 56 years to life in prison. “We can never recover,” said Danny Adams- Kathy’s brother. “This man cannot be freed again to put anyone through what this family has been through.”
A jury found her husband, 50-year-old John Marks Jr., guilty of her murder last month. Police arrested him in October of 2010 after discovering his wife’s body near the Larimer-Boulder County line. She was stripped of her clothes, strangled, and severely beaten at the bottom of a ravine. She was 57 at the time of her death.
Kathy Adams ran a psychic business under the name of Psychic Kay in Fort Collins. She and Marks had been married for 20 years. Kathy’s family was present at all of the trials for Marks, and throughout the trial, they spoke of his history of abuse.
Marks had three sons before his marriage to Kathy. They showed support for their father and asked for a lighter sentence for him. Two of them were there in person, and the third sent a letter that Jerry Roselle, John’s attorney, read.
“[Kathy Adams] never said anything about John being violent toward her,” said Roselle. According to Kathy’s relatives, she was in the process of leaving John when he killed her.
The Court Rules Against Marks
District Judge Thomas French sentenced him to forty-eight years in prison for second-degree murder. This is the maximum possible amount of time for this charge. For the sexual assault charge, he received a sentence of eight years to life. Both of his sentences are to be served consecutively.
It was a pretty easy decision for the jury to convict John because there was a bloody scene and DNA at the Marks’ home the day of her murder. These were all presented to the jury in the trial. As if that wasn’t enough, Larimer County sheriff investigators also tracked John’s cell phone.
They discovered that he had been to the location where they found Kathy’s body. Wal-Mart also had video surveillance footage of him at the store buying work gloves and duct tape around the time of her disappearance.
Police located his vehicle in the parking lot of a hotel in Longmont with no license plates on it. They also found the gloves Marks purchased in the car. Authorities decided to search the vehicle after a cadaver-sniffing dog took an interest in the trunk. That’s where they the gloves, garbage bags, and cleaning supplies.
Marks had been staying in various hotels under different names up until his arrest. His arrest took place at a restaurant off of Interstate 25 in Perkins.