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    Life in Prison plus 108 Years for Lakewood Murder

    (Golden, CO – February 22, 2017) Two men who were convicted of the first degree murder of 41-year-old Eric Schnaare were in Jefferson County Court on February 6 to be sentenced. John Orlando Sanchez, DOB: 10-8-74, was sentenced to life in prison plus 108 years. He was sentenced as a habitual criminal. Co-defendant Andrew George Gutierrez, DOB: 5-20-69, was sentenced to life in prison plus 16 years.

    In May, 2015 Sanchez and Gutierrez were at 1425 Harlan Street, #10, in Lakewood, which was a location known to law enforcement as a popular hangout for gang members and where drugs were frequently purchased, sold and used. Both Sanchez and Gutierrez were high-ranking members of the street gang “GKI”, Gallant Knights Insane. Eric Schnaare arrived at the Harlan Street apartment where Sanchez, Gutierrez, and others were drinking and using methamphetamine. Sanchez and Gutierrez greeted Schnaare in the parking lot. There was an existing conflict between the men over the possession of weapons, but Schnaare was invited in to the apartment. Testimony at trial was that within seconds of entering the apartment, he was shot and killed. While Eric Schnaare was not involved with a gang, there was testimony that the murder was unprovoked and motivated by gang dynamics.

    Sanchez and Gutierrez were both convicted of First Degree Murder and Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder following a jury trial in December, 2016.

    “But for the cooperation between the Metro Gang Task Force and the Lakewood Police Department, this brutal murder never have been solved,” said District Attorney Pete Weir.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    February 22, 2017

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    Last Updated: 2-22-2017
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