Centennial parking lot clash triggers murder, 42-year-prison sentence for shooter

Centennial parking lot clash triggers murder, 42-year-prison sentence for shooter

A 30-year-old old man has been sentenced to 42 years in prison after gunning down and killing a man he apparently had never met before in the parking lot of a Centennial business.

Nicholas Locascio.
Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office

Nicholas Locascio.

Nicholas Lee Locascio of Colorado Springs had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October. Arapahoe District Court Judge Andrew Baum recently sentenced him to the maximum sentence allowed by Locascio’s plea agreement.

“A completely random act of homicidal violence and an innocent life is stolen from our community,” District Attorney George Brauchler said in a press statement. “We have no answers for such an unpredictable act of evil. But there can be justice. Sending the man who did this to prison for a very long time is the right outcome. This is another reason why we build prisons.”

Locascio shot Justin Doe in the head at 10:45 a.m. on March 22 in a parking lot outside QED, a business at 7000 S. Jordan Rd.

After killing Doe, Locascio drove to an Aurora fitness club where he was arrested. He tried but failed to hide methamphetamine from the officers. Investigators found no prior connection between Locascio and Doe.

“After senselessly executing an innocent man, the defendant attempted to evade responsibility by fleeing the scene,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham, who prosecuted the case with Senior Deputy District Attorney Garrick Storgaard.

Doe’s mother was glad the judge imposed the maximum sentence possible under the plea agreement, according to a news release by Vikki Migoya, Brauchler’s spokeswoman.

“The sentence cannot bring Justin back, but at least the defendant is behind bars and cannot harm anyone else,” Doe’s mother said.



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