ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bringing to a close a murder case that went unsolved for more than two decades, an Albuquerque man was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison.
Jedidiah Rose pleaded guilty in September in the 1996 death of Richard Brodbeck, who was found dead beneath a pile of laundry by friends who’d stopped by his home to drop off a birthday gift.
The case sat unsolved for decades, but recent lab tests showed Rose’s DNA matched that found on a bloody band-aid left at the scene of Brodbeck’s death, according to court documents.
When detectives asked Rose for a DNA sample, he admitted beating Brodbeck with a vase and kicking him before stealing items from his home, according to court documents. Rose, who was 18 at the time, said Brodbeck picked him up and the two returned to Brodbeck’s home planning to have sex. He said Brodbeck attacked him, and that he defended himself, according to a motion filed by Rose’s attorney.
Detectives investigating the scene said the home was in disarray. Blood stained the furniture, ceiling, walls, floor and a sink.
During a sentencing hearing before District Court Judge Briana Zamora on Wednesday, Rose said the crime had been hanging over his head ever since and that he was grateful to accept his punishment. “My life has always been destroyed since the time it happened,” he said.
Rose’s plea agreement required a 10-year sentence. According to the agreement, because the crime predates an act requiring violent offenders to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence, Rose will be eligible to see his prison time reduced by 50 percent for good behavior. In some court documents, Rose’s first name is spelled Jedediah.
Brodbeck’s sisters spoke at the hearing about the pain of losing their only brother, and the agony of a 21-year wait for justice.
“It is people like you that make this world a terrible place,” one said in court. “And I hope you have a horrible, horrible sentence and a horrible time in jail.”