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Man gets 40 years in prison for Aurora alley killing over $20

Posted at 12:04 PM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 14:04:31-05

AURORA, Colo. — An Aurora man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing another man in an alley during an argument over $20, authorities said.

Jacob Shockey, 28, was found guilty of second-degree murder in October 2019, but his sentencing was delayed seven times because of COVID-19 restrictions, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Shockey was accused in the 2017 shooting death of Terrence G. Davis, 44. Police found Davis' body in an alley between Boston and Chester streets, off Colfax Avenue.

Investigators learned that Shockey was angry at Davis because Davis owed him $20. Shockey and another man, investigators said, led Davis into the alley and shot him twice in the chest and once in the face.

“Justice delayed is not always justice denied,” District Attorney John Kellner said in a news release. “In this case, a vicious murderer who callously took the life of another man is going to spend a long time in prison. This does not bring back the victim, but hopefully it brings some measure of relief to his family.”

The Davis family testified during the Webex sentencing on Tuesday.

“I have been left to stand in the gap and do all that I can for our kids,” the mother of Davis' children told the judge. “It is not fair for someone to take another person’s future. … My kids and I are still hurting.”

Shockey had already been sentenced to 20 years in prison on a first-degree assault charge in 2018. That case will run consecutive to the Aurora sentencing.