Two men who were arrested in mid-January on charges of selling crime scene photos of JonBenet Ramsey to a national tabloid pleaded guilty in late February and were sentenced to three days in jail.
A District Court judge in Boulder also required former sheriff’s deputy Brett Allen Sayer and photo lab employee Lawrence Shawn Smith to complete 64 hours of community service, forfeit the $5,200 they received from the sale of the seven photos, and write “heartfelt” letters of apology to the Ramsey family. Five of the photos were published by the Globe tabloid in mid-January.
Boulder County has dropped a lawsuit aimed at blocking the Globe from running any more of the photos after the tabloid returned the photos to the coroner’s office, the Associated Press reported.
Ramsey, a six-year-old Colorado beauty queen, was found strangled in the basement of her home in late December after her mother reported finding a ransom note on a stairway. The photos in question include one depicting a garotte — a stick wrapped in rope — which was reportedly used to strangle Ramsey and one of Ramsey’s wrist, apparently showing rope marks.