Iraq War veteran convicted of manslaughter in motorcycle club shooting

Defendant acquitted of first-degree murder

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An Iraq War veteran has been convicted of manslaughter in a shooting outside of Sin City Disciples Motorcycle Club in Colorado Springs.

Jurors acquitted Christopher Anthony Mountjoy Jr.,31, of Fountain, of first-degree murder and robbery Wednesday but convicted him of manslaughter, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

Mountjoy was one of six people charged after the death of Virgil Means, 31, of Colorado Springs in March. Means had been violently thrown out of a party at the club at 628 W. Vermijo St.

Means returned to the club to look for his missing wallet. According to the newspaper, he was riding in the passenger seat of a Cadillac driving away from the club when three shooters opened fire in what prosecutors have called an armed ambush. Means was wounded and died of his injuries at the hospital.

Prosecutors alleged Mountjoy fired the fatal bullet, saying that he hit the car twice while running toward it, suggesting he was shooting to kill. His lawyers argued he was acting in self-defense because he thought Means was returning for retaliation and that he tried to aim high in order to scare the driver away.

Mountjoy, a Fort Carson soldier, deployed to Iraq twice in a combat role.