DENVER (AP) -- Denver prosecutors charged a 22-year-old man suspected in the shooting death of a soldier from Illinois who was stationed at Fort Carson.
The Denver District Attorney's office said Wednesday that that Ricky Scott is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Sgt. Anthony Silva. The 25-year-old was shot July 23 near a Denver motel where he was staying. He was about to be discharged from the Army and was waiting to meet his father so they could drive back to his hometown of Columbia, Ill.
Police arrested Scott on Aug. 26. He is being held without bail and is expected in court Thursday to be advised of the charge against him.
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Previous Coverage: August 30
Soldier Sent Ominous Text Before He Was Killed
A Fort Carson soldier sent an ominous text message to his parents shortly before he was gunned down outside a Denver Motel.
According to police records obtained by KKTV 11 News affiliate CBS4, an hour before Silva was shot he sent a disturbing text message to his parents saying, “In some sh– but ok. Call me 2morrow.”
Sgt. Anthony Silva was about to drive home to Illinois with his father when he was shot and killed. It happened last month outside a Motel 6 on Paris Street.
Denver police are not talking about the case but the family says the text message seemed to indicate that their son was in danger.
Ricky Scott, 22, was arrested for the crime Friday night at his home on West 37th Street in Denver. Police have not released his picture.
Silva’s parents say Scott’s arrest is bittersweet.
“I’m glad we got the guy. It doesn’t bring Tony back and it’s justice for Tony. Hopefully he’ll rest in peace and we’ll get some peace out of it too,” Silva’s mother Diane Silva said.
Silva’s parents say they blame United Airlines for putting their son in harm’s way. They say United cancelled their son’s flight and recommended he stay at the Motel 6.
United said they are aware of the situation and they’ll send CBS4 a statement, but so far that statement has not arrived.
Denver police say the case remains an open investigation.
Previous Coverage: August 27
Arrest Made In Soldier's Murder
An arrest has been made in the murder of a Fort Carson soldier.
Denver police arrested Ricky Scott, 22, Friday night on charges of first-degree murder. Scott is accused of shooting Sgt. Anthony Silva on July 23.
Sonny Jackson with Denver police said officers responded to a shooting call around 3 a.m. in the 3800 Block of North Paris Street off of I-70, which is near a Motel 6.
Witnesses say they saw a group of men horsing around just outside of the Motel 6, and that they heard five to seven gunshots.
“When officers arrived on scene, they found a male lying in the street. He appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound or wounds. The man was pronounced dead at the scene,” Jackson said in a statement.
“Prior to the shooting Sgt. Silva may have been walking his dog near the hotel,” Jackson said. “Sgt. Silva was about to complete his service in the Army and was due to be discharged in the near future.”
Silva was awaiting travel back to visit his family in Illinois.
Police say the investigation into Silva's murder is still ongoing.