21-year-old man sentenced to life in prison for Southmoor Park area shooting death

A 21-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison, with a possibility of parole after 40 years, for his part in a Denver home invasion in which a resident was shot dead.

Dmarco Blake, who was 17 at the time of the Southmoor Park neighborhood incident, was found guilty by a jury on Wednesday of first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, according to a district attorney’s office news release. The jury deliberated for a day and a half.

On May 15, 2017, Blake was one of four people who broke into a home, the release said. Timothy Anderson, 27, was shot and killed.

“I am pleased that the jury found Dmarco Blake guilty of murdering Tim Anderson and hope that those who knew and love him feel a sense of justice,” said Denver DA Beth McCann, in the release. “This was a terribly disturbing tragedy for Denver.”

After the incident, Blake fled to California where he was later arrested and convicted of a home burglary and horrific beating of an elderly woman, prosecutors said. He was extradited to Denver in October of 2018 and tried here as an adult.

Co-defendant Demond Hamilton was found guilty in October of 2018 and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Keione Clark, a third defendant, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in July of 2018 and received a 45-year prison sentence. A juvenile in the case pleaded guilty to accessory to murder, aggravated robbery and to being an aggravated juvenile offender, the release said.


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