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Demarea Mitchell sentenced to life in prison for shooting death of Cherokee Trail rugby player Lloyd Chavez IV

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A teenager who shot and killed another teen, a standout rugby player at Cherokee Trail High School, during a vape juice robbery has been sentenced to life in prison.

Demarea Mitchell, 19, of Aurora, was sentenced Wednesday, with the possibility of parole after 40 years, for the May 8, 2019, death of Lloyd Chavez IV, according to the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office. Chavez, 18 at the time, was shot outside his Centennial home.

A jury on July 16 found Mitchell guilty of murder, attempted aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, according to a news release.

“When a gun is involved in a crime, bad things happen,” said District Attorney John Kellner, in the release. “This defendant was there to take something that was not his. He was old enough to appreciate the consequences of bringing a loaded gun to a robbery and using it. This crime has created a great absence in the Chavez family, and Lloyd cannot be replaced. We will never know what he would have contributed to our community.”

Arapahoe County District Court Judge Ben Leutwyler sentenced Mitchell. Co-defendant Kenneth Gallegos was sentenced in June to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years.

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