Teen sentenced to life in prison in Lloyd Chavez murder

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — A teenager charged in the shooting death of 18-year-old Lloyd Chavez IV has been sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years.

Lloyd Chavez IV. Photo courtesy of the family.

Kenneth Gallegos, 19, was sentenced on Wednesday in Arapahoe County court.

The sentence is the current mandatory sentence for any first-degree murder conviction if the defendant was a juvenile at the time of the crime, according to an Arapahoe County court spokesperson.

Members of Lloyd Chavez’s family were in the courtroom for sentencing and gave statements to the court.

“What happened that night has scarred me for life, and I can’t get it out of my head,” Chavez’s maternal grandmother said in a statement read by his younger sister. “And I have to live without (Lloyd) every day of my life.”

“I am justifiably asking the court that Kenneth Gallegos receive the maximum sentence allowed. Though his sentence will never be enough to compensate for a lifetime without our precious Lloyd, I believe there would be some deserved justice for our family if he is locked away for life. Even with a maximum sentence he gets to live and breathe. Our little Lloyd does not,” said Chavez’s paternal grandmother in a statement read by Deputy District Attorney Gwenn Sandrock.

Along with first-degree murder, a jury on April 9 found Gallegos guilty of aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.

Gallegos, who was 17 at the time of the crime, went with a group of teens to Chavez’s Centennial home saying they wanted to buy vape products, although they intended to rob him. Chavez died from gunfire during the May 8, 2019, confrontation.

Chavez was a student and rugby player at Cherokee Trail High School.

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