It is the second longest sentence in Colorado state history, according to the district attorney.
Anderson Lee Aldrich – who in 2022 was involved in a mass shooting at an LGBTQ + club in Colorado, USA – was sentenced after pleading guilty to five counts of murder and 46 counts of attempted murder, among other charges, reports AP.
District Attorney Michael Allen stressed that Aldrich got no concessions in the plea deal and was sentenced to a maximum of five consecutive life terms plus 2,208 years for the 46 counts of attempted murder. According to the official, these figures are equivalent to the second longest sentence in the history of the state of Colorado.
Shortly before midnight on November 19, 2022, Aldrich arrived at Club Q in Colorado Springs and fired indiscriminately. an AR-15 type semi-automatic rifle against people from the LGBTQ+ community who were in the place. Throughout the investigation, the defendant has not disclosed his motivation and refused to address the court during the sentencing portion of the hearing.
His defense attorney, Joseph Archambault, said they “want everyone to know they’re sorry,” referring to Aldrich, who identifies as non-binary, while the prosecutor in the case is convinced the defendant pleaded guilty just to avoid the federal death penalty.