On behalf of Anaya-McKedy, P.C. posted in Violent Crimes on Friday, December 30, 2011.
A 26-year-old Colorado Springs man was recently sentenced to life in prison for a homicide committed in April of 2010.
Prosecutors said that on April 25 of last year, the defendant shot a 62-year-old man outside of a restaurant, killing him.
The man’s granddaughters and a teenage employee were present and saw the killing while waiting for the victim to lock up El Ranchito restaurant at the end of the day.
During the trial, a firearms expert’s testimony tied the spent shell casings from the scene of the shooting to rounds found hidden in the bedroom of the accused.
The rounds were hidden in a computer printer.
Prosecutors also had a recording of a phone call the killer made to a friend, asking the friend to get rid of the evidence. He reportedly asked the friend to get rid of “heavy candy” that was in the printer.
According to prosecutors, the man reached for a pistol to protect himself during a robbery attempt, at which time, the accused, who also had a gun, shot the victim several times.
Police stated that the man who was shot was targeted in an attempted robbery.
Two women were also allegedly involved in the killing: a getaway driver and the girlfriend of the accused.
The defendant was also found guilty of attempted aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
Clearly, the penalties for these kinds of crimes are serious. Anyone facing similar charges should begin their defense immediately. First, they should decline to discuss the allegations with police or prosecutors; second, they should contact an experienced defense attorney for full protection of their rights and interests as they make their way through the criminal justice system.
Source: KRDO: “Guilty Verdict For Suspect In El Ranchito Murder,” Dec. 16, 2011