Judge sentences man to 10 years in prison for killing mom's boyfriend

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE (9/14/18): A judge sentenced Grant Motsinger to 10 years in prison Friday for shooting and killing his mother's boyfriend in May 2017.

Motsinger pleaded guilty to manslaughter in July. Court documents show the shooting may have stemmed from a domestic dispute after Motsinger's mother and her boyfriend, 43-year-old Kirk Maroo, came home after a night of drinking.

During the nearly two-and-a-half-hour-long sentencing, the judge heard from two Colorado Springs police officers, 10 family members and friends in support of the victim and two family members and friends in support of Motsinger.

Maroo's four nieces each spoke to the judge, telling him how much they miss their uncle and how he won't be able to watch them play sports or attend their weddings.

Maroo's parents, brother-in-law, sister and friends also gave statements to the judge, describing Maroo as a good guy and asking the judge to sentence Motsinger to the maximum penalty of 12 years.

"Grant has made a poor decision, and he needs to be punished," one of Maroo's nieces told the judge.

On the other side of the courtroom, Motsinger's mother told the judge that Grant shot Maroo out of fear for their lives. She asked the judge for leniency in his sentencing.

"All I want and need is for my son to come home, so we can continue to heal together," Ms. Motsinger told the judge.

The defense said Maroo had a history of domestic violence, and Motsinger never intended to shoot him.

Motsinger addressed the judge and apologized to the Maroo family "from the bottom" of his heart. He said he takes full responsibility for his actions and prays for everyone involved daily.

"It was never my intent for this tragedy to happen," Motsinger told the judge.

The judge sentenced Motsinger to 10 years in prison and three years parole. He could have faced probation or up to 12 years in prison.

"The victim may have had some blemishes, but it was you that ended up bringing the gun into the room," the judge told Motsinger.



PREVIOUS (7/11/18): Grant Motsinger, 26, pleaded guilty Wednesday to manslaughter in the May 20, 2017 shooting.

As part of a plea deal, the murder charges were dropped. That means the man is no longer facing a possible life sentence. Instead, he will see up to six years in prison.

Motsinger is expected to be sentenced in September.
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PREVIOUS (5/26/17): A deadly shooting in northeast Colorado Springs may have stemmed from a domestic dispute. According to arrest papers, Kirk Maroo, 43, has been identified as the victim.

Maroo was the boyfriend of the suspect's mother. On May 26, police officially ruled the shooting as the 16th homicide for 2017 in Colorado Springs.

Police got a frantic call from a woman on Vermillion Bluffs Drive around 7:20 Saturday night.

"We've got a female on the line ... Just saying, 'Get an ambulance.'"
-Excerpt from dispatch tape

A couple of minutes later, the police dispatcher states that there may have been a domestic incident and the caller was scared.

"For the units en route to Vermillion Bluffs Drive ... Call stating that RP's [reporting party] mom shot her boyfriend and stated there was a domestic [disturbance] occurring and she felt threatened."

When officers arrived, they found a man inside with a gunshot wound. The victim died several hours later at a local hospital.

Late Sunday morning, police announced they had arrested 25-year-old Grant Motsinger for second-degree murder.

Arrest papers obtained by 11 News on Monday, tell a slightly different story.

Motsinger told police he had been home watching TV when his mom and her boyfriend, Maroo, came into the house arguing.

Motsinger reportedly turned up the volume on the TV, and shortly after, he was engaged in an argument with Maroo.

During the argument, Motsinger reportedly went upstairs and came back down with a gun.

Maroo allegedly told Motsinger, "You don't want to know what happened to the last person that pulled a gun on me!"

Motsinger told police they wrestled over the gun before he tried to walk away, but Maroo followed him. He said he told Maroo to "please stop" twice before shooting Maroo once in the chest.

Detectives said very early on in the investigation there was no threat to the community, and all individuals were accounted for.