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Man gets 58 years for fatal shooting in suburban Denver park

June 4, 2019
This photo provided by the Office of the District Attorney, 18th Judicial District, in Centennial, Colo., shows Joseph Wayne Washington, who was sentenced Thursday, May 30, 2019, for a fatal shooting at a state park in suburban Denver. (Office of the District Attorney, Colorado 18th Judicial District via AP)
This photo provided by the Office of the District Attorney, 18th Judicial District, in Centennial, Colo., shows Joseph Wayne Washington, who was sentenced Thursday, May 30, 2019, for a fatal shooting at a state park in suburban Denver. (Office of the District Attorney, Colorado 18th Judicial District via AP)

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 58 years in prison for a fatal shooting at a state park in suburban Denver.

Joseph Wayne Washington was sentenced Thursday for the August 2017 death of 26-year-old Jackson Lee Chavez at Cherry Creek State Park. The 31-year-old Washington was convicted of several charges, including second-degree murder and witness tampering.

Prosecutors say he shot Chavez twice following a fight during a cookout, and authorities found thousands of dollars worth of drugs, including LSD, cocaine and methamphetamine, while searching his home and car.

Washington also violated a protection order after his arrest by repeatedly contacting his ex-girlfriend and trying to prevent her from testifying.

District Attorney George Brauchler said Washington has proven he doesn’t belong in the community, adding, “This is why we build prisons.”

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