Arizona man gets 17 years for fatal Colorado home invasion

Posted at 4:13 PM, Apr 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-17 08:38:24-04

The first of four Arizona men charged in a home invasion robbery that led to the shooting death of a Colorado college student has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

The Durango Herald reports Daniel Nelson Wright of Phoenix was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to burglary as part of a plea agreement.

Authorities say Wright and his co-defendants entered the Durango home of Samuel Xarius Gordon in May 2016 planning to steal a large amount of marijuana.

Gorden, who attended Fort Lewis College, was shot by one of the intruders and died at a hospital.

Police have not said who fired the gun.

All four men were initially charged with murder, robbery, burglary and menacing.

Wright apologized to Gordon's family during his sentencing and asked for forgiveness.