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Colorado Springs man sentenced to 42 years in prison for 2017 Centennial murder

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Posted at 4:51 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 18:51:53-05

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – A Colorado Springs man was sentenced earlier this month to 42 years in prison after he was convicted last October of shooting and killing a man in the parking lot of an electrical supplies business in Centennial.

Nicholas Locascio, 30, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in October in the March 22, 2017 shooting death of Justin Lee Doe, 32.

Police and prosecutors found that Doe and Locascio did not know one another, and the shooting was apparently random.

Locascio was arrested later in the day near a gym in Aurora.

“A completely random act of homicidal violence and an innocent life is stolen from our community,” 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler said in a statement. “Sending the man who did this to prison for a very long time is the right outcome.”

Locascio received the maximum sentence in the case of 42 years, which Doe’s mother said she was happy about.

“The sentence cannot bring Justin back, but at least the defendant is behind bars and cannot harm anyone else,” she said.