Colorado Springs Club Q shooter will face federal hate crime charges


Colorado shooter who Five people were killed at the Q Cluban LGBTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs, in 2022 was charged with federal hate crimes, newly filed federal court documents show.

Anderson Lee Aldrich, 23 years old Admission of guilt In state court to five counts of murder and 46 counts of attempted murder, as well as no contest to two counts of bias-motivated crimes, in the mass shooting that Five people were killed at the Q Club In November 2022.

It was Aldrich He was sentenced to life imprisonment And it was then He was transferred from a Colorado prison To Wyoming State Prison late last year.

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Aldrich has now been charged with five federal counts of hate crime enhancement, including five counts of murder with a firearm and an additional 69 counts of attempted murder or commission of a violent crime. Aldrich is represented in court by a federal public defender. The Federal Public Defender’s Office said it does not comment on ongoing cases.

In the shooting, which appeared to target one of Colorado Springs’ most popular LGBTQ bars, five people were killed and 25 others were injured, 17 of them by gunfire. Aldrich was arrested by people at the club and then arrested at the scene by responding officers.

The five people who died were identified as Danielle Aston, 28; Kelly Loving, 40; Ashley Pugh, 35; Derek Ramp, 38; and Raymond Green Vance, 22 years old.

In total, Aldrich faces 74 federal hate crime charges.

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The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado said Aldrich used “computers, Internet service providers, online retail platforms, online payment processing platforms, and commercial interstate mail carriers to obtain firearm components, ammunition, and tactical equipment.” To carry out the attack.

A conviction on the charges carries “any penalty of years or life imprisonment,” the federal criminal information sheet says. A formal federal criminal complaint has not yet been filed, according to publicly available court documents.

Federal court documents also show Aldrich’s attorneys and the U.S. Attorney’s Office negotiating a plea deal that would result in “multiple concurrent life sentences plus additional consecutive sentences totaling 190 years.”

“The United States is not seeking the death penalty in this case,” the proposed plea agreement stated.

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