Superior Man Pleads Guilty to Murder

Chance Andrews, 18, Reaches Plea Agreement

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A homicide in Superior that’s spanned 8 months is one step closer to being closed. 

This, after one of the five defendants charged in connection with the killing reached a plea agreement with prosecutors. 

Just moments before the jury trial for Chance Andrews was scheduled to begin, the state offered him a plea agreement Andrews could not turn down. 

September 30th, 2014 is the day Andrews admitted to being involved in the shooting death of 20-year-old, Garth Velin, in Superior. 

Velin was killed during what investigators call a failed robbery attempt at his home. 

It’s been a long, hard road for the victim’s family, law enforcement and attorney’s.

“I think it’s a huge success when you have a serious felony conviction by plea agreement,” said District Attorney for Douglas County, Daniel Blank. 

The plea agreement to a charge of felony murder comes with a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison and the state agreed to recommend 17 1/2 years in prison. 

Defense Attorney, Ken Kratz, says this was the only offer Andrews would accept. 

Andrews is still wrapped up in 3 other criminal cases in Douglas County. 

“Battery to inmate and some threatening to injure cases,” said Kratz. 

“It was important that all his cases in Douglas County be resolved as part of this global resolution,” added Kratz.

Andrews will appear in court July 2nd for these pending cases. 

Meanwhile, Blank says this is just one step in closing the case as the 4 other co-defendants still face a jury trial since they’re accused of being part of the robbery attempt and shooting. 

Andrew’s sentencing is scheduled for September 17th.

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