Man sentenced to 50 years in prison for death of Colorado Springs woman

After killing the 21-year-old woman, man drove the body to a Colorado Springs Walmart
Posted at 10:20 PM, May 08, 2020

On Friday, Judge William B Bain, in Park County, sentenced 21-year-old Joshua Thomsen to 50 years in prison for the death of 21-year-old Amy Shrieves.

According to court documents, Thomsen was sentenced to 46 years for second-degree murder, and four years for tampering with a deceased human body. Both will be served consecutively.

Thomsen pled guilty to both crimes back in January of 2020, after originally submitting a not guilty plea in November of 2019.

Thomsen was arrested after killing the Colorado Springs resident in Park County by shooting her in the back of the head and then drove with her body to the Walmart on 8th Street in Colorado Springs in April of 2019.

According to the Park County Sheriff’s Office, Thomsen called 911 and told a dispatcher he had killed the woman because she could not kill herself.

“...Girl asked me if I would kill her. And so we went into the mountains and I shot her four times.”

According to Colorado Springs Police, Shrieves was killed near the area of Eleven Mile State Park. Investigators said she died from multiple gunshot wounds.

An arrest affidavit states Thomsen told investigators Shrieves contacted him for help in killing herself. Thomsen claims the two met at a Cinemark Tinseltown Movie Theater before driving out to Eleven Mile State Park.

He told investigators Shrieves kneeled down then he shot her “four or five times.” He then said he placed her body in his car and drove to the Walmart on 8th Street.

The arrest affidavit states Thomsen says he texted Shrieves ex-boyfriend after the shooting so he would not hear it from anyone else first.

A detective with the Park County Sheriff’s Office found the location at a campsite in Eleven Mile State Park where he found evidence of the killing, including a pool of what appeared to be blood and several .45 caliber shell casings.

Colorado Springs Police did find a .45 semi-automatic pistol in Thomsen’s car. Thomsen was taken out the scene in Park County where he indicated Shrieves was killed.

According to court documents, Thomsen is back in court on September 25th, 2020.