Crime

Apr 15, 2013 11:02 PM by Juice Godfrey

Soldier convicted of lesser charge in 2012 slaying

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A Fort Carson sergeant who was charged with first-degree murder in a shooting outside a motorcycle club in Colorado Springs has been convicted of lesser charges.

The Gazette reports jurors convicted John Burrell on Monday of manslaughter, tampering with evidence and illegal discharge of a firearm.

Burrell was one of six men arrested after Virgil Means was fatally shot outside the Sin City Disciples motorcycle club last year. Police say Means had left the club after a fight and was shot after he returned to look for his wallet.

Burrell's attorney had argued that Burrell fired in self-defense. Co-defendant Christopher Mountjoy Jr. also argued self-defense and was convicted of manslaughter in February.

Two more co-defendants are awaiting first-degree murder trials. Two others pleaded guilty to misdemeanors last year.

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