Man given life sentence for murder outside Aurora sports bar

Posted at 1:05 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 15:05:07-05

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors say a man who killed another man by shooting him in the head has been sentenced to life in prison.

Jurors decided last week that Miguel Angel Licona-Ortega was guilty of murder after deliberation in the death of Javier Chacon-Ortega. Arapahoe District Judge Andrew Baum issued the mandatory sentence of life in prison without a chance at parole.

Prosecutors say the victim challenged Licona-Ortega to a fight inside an Aurora sports bar on July 29, 2017.

They say Licona-Ortega shot the victim in the back of his head as they left the bar and continued firing after he fell to the ground. Licona-Ortega then ran to a waiting car and left.

Police say they learned Licona-Ortega was dealing heroin in the area and arrested him the following morning.