Ex-soldier sentenced for road rage shooting

A man was sentenced to more than three decades in prison for a road-rage shooting in February of 2017.

Judge Barbara Hughes sentenced Khalil Jamandre Sanders on Tuesday to 32 years in prison followed by five years of mandatory parole.

Sanders was convicted for shooting someone in a road-rage incident in Colorado Springs. He claimed he was innocent, but the ex-Fort Carson soldier was convicted of the crime.

Khalil Sanders was arrested after a woman called 911 to report she had been shot in the back while driving her car on Feb. 2, 2017. Police believe Sanders targeted the woman after she had cut him off while driving. This happened on Dublin Boulevard. The bullet traveled through the trunk of the Ford Taurus the woman was driving, through the rear seat and into the driver's seat before hitting the woman, according to our news partners at the Gazette. The 34-year-old woman's injuries were not life-threatening.

The victim told police she had changed lanes when she accidentally cut off the car Sanders was driving, according to the Gazette. She said the driver appeared to be angry and when she tried to switch lanes, he followed her and eventually shot at her.

Prior to the Feb. 2 shooting, Sanders had pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide in 2013 and was sentenced to probation and community service, court records show. Sanders had struck and killed a married couple in August of 2012 while driving. The couple, 67-year-old Teddy Allison and 71-year-old Mary Ann Allison had left church and were headed to meet friends for breakfast. Police say Sanders drove into the intersection and slammed into the couple's car.

After a three-day trial, Sanders was found guilty of first-degree assault, among other charges.

Sanders also pleaded guilty to weapons charges, averting what would have been a second trial.