Man gets 47 years for fatal Aurora shooting

Posted at 10:48 PM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-18 00:48:38-04

A man police say was involved in two killings during a three-week span has been sentenced to 47 years in prison in one of the cases.

The Aurora Sentinel reports 21-year-old Abdullah Ratcliff was sentenced Tuesday for the Jan. 11, 2014, death of 22-year-old Arturo Arguelles-Chavez. Ratcliff previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Arguelles-Chavez was shot twice in the chest and robbed as he met Ratcliff and 25-year-old Del Dawan Bankett Jr. to buy an iPhone for $200. Bankett, the shooter, was sentenced to life in prison.

Police say that a few weeks after that killing, Ratcliff was part of a bungled robbery that left 19-year-old Korin Williams dead.

Ratcliff was charged with several crimes in that case, the most serious being attempted aggravated robbery. He is set to go on trial in May.


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