COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE: Jan. 10, 2020
Gilberto Chavez Jr. was sentenced to 74 years Friday for the murder of 28-year-old Captain Daniel Chamberlain Lehman in September 2018. Captain Lehman was a Fort Carson soldier.
28-year-old Captain Daniel Chamberlain Lehman, pictured on the left, was shot and killed in Colorado Springs. Photo of Capt. Lehman courtesy Fort Carson.
In court, the judge called this a 'unique case', even adding that Chavez "killed Captain Lehman for fun."
After the crime, Chavez went and tattooed an outline of a body on himself. He even wrote the word 'investigation' underneath.
Both of Captain Lehman's parents spoke in court. His mother said Chavez took everything from them. They had two sons, one died years ago and now their last son was senselessly taken from them.
KKTV 11 News reporter Megan Hiler spoke to Lehman's mother, Laurie Chamberlain Lehman, about the sentencing. She says her son was kind, helpful, and curious. She also added she isn't sure if the long sentence helps her grief.
“I don’t believe there is closure. I believe that you have to find a way to go on and what you’re going to do with your life. It’s not starting over...its figuring out how to move on, and I am going to do my best to do that," she said.
Laurie Chamberlain Lehman also added that she hopes others will learn from this, and spread kindness in honor of her late son.
A man was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of a Fort Carson Soldier.
The verdict came for Gilberto Chavez Jr. on Tuesday for the murder of 28-year-old Captain Daniel Chamberlain Lehman.
Captain Lehman was shot near South Nevada Avenue and Costilla Street in September of 2018. He was a graduate of West Point Academy and stationed at Fort Carson.
A passerby in the area spotted the body lying in the shoulder of the road around 7:15 a.m. on Sept. 15, 2018 near the intersection of East Costilla Street and South Wahsatch Avenue, which is close to South Shooks Run Park. Early on, police weren't sure what kind of situation they had.
Chavez claimed self-defense in the shooting.
According to 11 News partner The Gazette, Prosecutors Claire Nutter and Andy Vaughan say the self-defense claim was rebutted by Chavez himself, as he bragged about the killing afterward — calling himself “Gilly the Kidd” on Facebook and even getting a tattoo of a chalk body outline, filled in with the word “investigation” in all capital letters.
A habitual hearing was set for Chavez Jr. on Nov. 1.