Convicted murderer, 18, sentenced to life in prison

Convicted murderer, 18, sentenced to life in prison

An Arapahoe County district judge on Friday sentenced a teenager convicted of murder to serve life in prison, a spokesperson for the 18th Judicial District said in a release.

Marquez Woodruff, 18, was convicted in September of murdering 36-year-old Terry Capler in the victim’s home in Aurora, the release said. He’ll be eligible for parole in 40 years.

Woodruff shot Capler the night of Dec. 16, 2017, after they and others drank and took drugs, the release said.

“For no apparent reason, Woodruff pulled out his gun and repeatedly fired at Capler at very close range,” the release said.

Capler had been shot in the head and torso. Police found him dead in his living room after his roommate reported the shooting, the release said. Woodruff was 17 at the time.

District Attorney George Brauchler took issue with the sentencing and blamed the  legislature for allowing Woodruff, whom he called remorseless and cold-blooded, an opportunity to rejoin society shortly after he turns 40, the release said.

“Make no mistake, this killer is not required to serve anywhere near 40 years. And he likely will not,” Brauchler said in the release.

“This is no joke. This is our law,” Brauchler said. “The Capler family deserved better. Future victims deserve better. Colorado deserves better.”

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