Man gets life for campground slaying | AspenTimes.com

Man gets life for campground slaying

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colo. ” A man convicted of killing a woman over a dispute over trash at a campsite has been sentenced to life in prison plus 100 years.

Charles Anthony Gross, 57, received the sentence Friday, which was the term requested by prosecutor Mark Hurlbert.

Gross was convicted in July of first-degree murder with extreme indiference, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault in the shooting death of Maria Madrid, 35. Authorities said he fired a shot into a truck as Madrid, her husband, Eliseo Madrid, and their son Joel, then 14, left a campsite north of Dotsero in October 2005.

“Even though he had no (criminal) record, just the heinousness of the crime warranted that long a sentence,” Hurlbert said.

Eliseo Madrid said Gross had accused them of not cleaning up their campsite after a picnic.

A defense attorney said Gross feared for his life.

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