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Club Q shooter pleads guilty, receives sentence for federal charges Tuesday morning

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Posted at 10:32 PM, Jun 17, 2024

COLORADO SPRINGS — The convicted Club Q shooter pleaded guilty to 74 federal hate crime and gun crime charges during a court hearing Tuesday morning in Denver.

A judge accepted the plea deal put forth by the prosecution and defense. The plea agreement outlined a sentence of 55 concurrent life sentences and another 190 consecutive years in prison for the federal charges.

In January, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado filed 74 federal charges against the gunman, including 50 hate crime charges and 24 firearm charges. The federal hate crime charges carry sentences of up to life in prison while the federal gun crime charges carry sentences from 10 years to death. The plea deal means the gunman will avoid the death penalty.

In June of 2023, the gunman pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree murder and 46 counts of attempted murder after opening fire inside Club Q, an LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, in November 2022. The convicted shooter was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences and an additional 2,208 years in prison for each count of attempted first-degree murder.

Ashley Paugh, Derrick Rump, Daniel Aston, Raymond Green Vance, and Kelly Loving were killed in the shooting at Club Q. Dozens more were injured.

Community honors and remembers the five lives lost at Club Q

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