The suspect accused of killing five people and injuring more than a dozen others in a mass shooting at a LGBTQ+ club in Colorado Springs last month was charged by prosecutors with 305 counts, including first-degree murder, assault and bias-motivated crimes.
The charges against 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, which were announced Tuesday morning during a formal filing of charges court hearing, also include dozens of sentence enhancers which will allow prosecutors to seek heavier penalties under Colorado law should they be convicted, according to court records released during the hearing.
The suspect faces 10 counts of first-degree murder, divided into 5 counts each of first-degree murder after deliberation and first-degree murder—extreme indifference, which carry a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. He also faces dozens of counts for attempted first-degree murder, assault and bias-motivated crimes.
“I think the message that we sent is obviously, when you file 305 counts in a case… that tells the public, this community, this state and this nation, that we are taking this case as serious as we possibly can, meaning that we are going to prosecute this case to the fullest extent of the law,” said Fourth Judicial District Attorney Michael Allen during a news conference after the court hearing.
By: Denver7 – The Denver Channel
Title: LGBTQ+ club shooting suspect faces hate crime charges | Latest Headlines
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