John Burrell second soldier busted in Virgil Means killing near motorcycle club

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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John Burrell.
Update: In recent days, Fort Carson-based Sergeant Christopher Mountjoy was arrested in the death of Virgil Means outside the Sin City Disciples motorcycle club.

Now, a second soldier, John Burrell, has been arrested in the incident. He's being held on the charge of murder in the first degree.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Burrell is part of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, whose members began heading to Afghanistan last month.

No word about whether or not Burrell was scheduled to make such a trip -- but his most recent brush with the law was hardly his first. The Gazette reports that this past October, he was arrested on a slew of serious charges, including robbery, kidnapping, menacing and what the paper describes as a "sex offense."

Look below to see a larger version of Burrell's most recent mug shot. Then continue reading to learn more about Christopher Mountjoy and the specifics of the incident that took Means's life.

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John Burrell.

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Update, 11:49 a.m. March 19: Earlier this month, Virgil Means, 31, was shot and killed outside the clubhouse for the Sin City Disciples, a Colorado Springs motorcycle group. Now, local police are accusing Christopher Mountjoy, thirty, of pulling the trigger -- something he presumably knows how to do quite well. He's a soldier who appears to have suffered permanent injury to his hearing after an IED explosion.

On March 3, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette, what began as a party devolved into a brawl from which Means and a companion tried to flee.

They didn't get far. The two were chased and shots were fired, allegedly by Mountjoy, a staff sergeant assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division; the Colorado Springs Police Department also identifies him as a member of the Sin City Disciples. Some of the bullets found Means, who died shortly after his arrival at an area hospital.

A spokesperson at Fort Carson provided no details about Mountjoy's combat history, but the Gazette notes that the 1st Brigade Combat Team returned last spring from Kandahar, one of the most dangerous areas in Afghanistan. The deployment is said to have lasted a year.

More details can be found in "Traumatic Hearing Loss: Not All War Wounds Are Visible," published by HealthyHearing.com in 2009. The article outlines one wartime event experienced by Staff Sergeant Chris Mountjoy, a 27-year-old assigned to Fort Carson. From the piece:

The bad guys are looking for the troops. As the Humvee turns a corner, Staff Sgt. Chris Mountjoy opens the door at the precise moment that insurgents detonate a powerful IED -- improvised explosive device.

Fortunately, the armored door protects Sgt. Mountjoy from the deadly shrapnel. However, the concussive force blows the sergeant 30 feet through the air. It also caused hearing loss by rupturing his ear drums and damaging the inner ear sensory hair cells that allow us to hear. When physical damage to the hearing mechanism has occurred due to excessive noise, it is referred to as acoustic trauma.

The sergeant couldn't hear a sound for three days and, today, through the use of hearing aids, Sgt. Mountjoy is able to continue his service to his country in an administrative capacity at Fort Carson's 10th Combat Hospital.

After his injury, Mountjoy is said to have insisted on keeping his kids in sight at all times, fearful that he might not hear a little one in need of "Daddy's help." But with the help of hearing aids, he was able to develop "the inner strength to adapt and thrive despite his sacrifice," the article maintains. After noting that Mountjoy's tasks included helping other returning soldiers adjust to battlefield-related hearing loss, he's quoted as saying, "I've learned to live with it rather than fight it."

Below, see a larger version of Mountjoy's mug shot, followed by our previous coverage.

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Christopher Mountjoy.

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Original item, 6:27 a.m. March 5: Virgil Means has been identified as the victim of a Saturday homicide in the Colorado Springs area.

The killing is being linked to a disturbance at the clubhouse of the Sin City Disciples, which police describe as a motorcycle club. And at least one local publication calls the Disciples a gang.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, officers received a call on Saturday afternoon from Penrose Main Hospital, where Means had been transported. The person who'd drove him to the facility told cops there had been a disturbance near the Sin City Disciples' clubhouse, at 628 West Vermijo Street. He said the pair were in a car when several shots rang out, striking the vehicle and Means, who died about ten minutes after arriving at Penrose.

Shortly thereafter, cops armed with a search warrant showed up at the clubhouse, using a tactical enforcement unit to gain entry. No surprise investigators would start there, given reports about the group. Example: "The gangs of Colorado Springs," a February 2011 article from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs publication The Scribe, which contains the following passage.

The Sin City Disciples are a new motorcycle gang that just moved into the area from Indiana. Though they just moved in, they are already about 125 members deep. Their revenue comes from drug sales. They can be identified by their black and gold colors. They are in cahoots with the Crips, even allowing them to hang out at their club house. This is a strange alliance, since most members of the Disciples are middle-aged, while the Crips tend to be younger.

There's no mention of the Disciples on Means' Facebook page, either on the wall or the info section, which features quotes from from Martin Luther King Jr. ("The time is always right to do the right thing") and Marcus Aurelius ("A man's life is what his thoughts make it." Also included is the Biblical proverb, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he."

Also included are a number of self-portraits, including this one:

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Virgil Means.
Several notes of condolence have been posted, including "Damn bro words can't tell how you will be missed my friend my prayers go out to your family" and an eloquently simple message that reads simply, "Tears."

No arrests have been made at this writing. Looking below to see an interactive graphic of the area near the scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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baben4
baben4

This story was twisted in so many ways! Please do not believe what cspd has changed it into. The "victim" in this case is no where innocent if he was why was he at an after hour known "bad spot" I know many will dislike this but nobody knows exactly what happened so if you weren't there and do not know any of them, do everyone a favor and stay out of it. Many are suffering because of this and the harsh comments and statements only make it worse!! Missing you guys

kels
kels like.author.displayName 1 Like

Chris. Did not do thisthe truth will come out

Shawnii
Shawnii like.author.displayName 1 Like

JJohn anthony burrell is a good man hes my lover and also my friend and the father of our son. He has a good heart and wouldn't think about killing someone. Soo all you tht judge him can kick rocks because you DO NOT know him! I know he didnt do it as well as everyone else! Hes innocent until proven guilty so do me a favor a shut the fuck up with you're judgemental asses!!

will
will

I hope the shooters get rape in prison 

Crumpa26
Crumpa26

 You shouldn't go straight to judging people I know the accused and he is a great guy and better Infantrymen Dont believe he done this for a second just in wrong place at the wrong time I pray for the family of the victim and hope it gets better but people should not put down military they are the reason that you can post on this freely for the sacrifices they have made

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for sharing your take, Crumpa. Much appreciated.

NicodemoB
NicodemoB

I don't think a person that considers themselves a member of an outlaw motorcycle club should end up any place other than prison or an early grave--otherwise they're phonies.

But damn, this guy is getting taken off the streets young. No more motorcycles for you!

Didntitellu
Didntitellu

The club referenced in the article isn't an "outlaw" club. There are very few true 1% clubs. I could call my knitting club an "outlaw" club but it doesn't make it one.

Klstp
Klstp

I personally know the accused and can tell you he is actually a great person. I do not know all the details but I know he could not have done this. I pray for the family and loved ones of the victim and Pray that some good may one day come of all this.

News Wire
News Wire

Another racist hate crime.

US soldiers are murderous animals.

soldier
soldier

 dear newa wire You are a retard for making that comment I don't know what happened nobody knows what happened cause they wasn't there. I've known mountjoy for over 10yrs and its sad what he has done if, he is found guilty then he deserve what he gets. Don't judge soldiers by the actions of few V/r A SOLDIER

JT
JT

thats cool when we killing terrorist and fighting for your freedom though, right? John Anthony Burrell is like a brother to me. I've known him for years, and he could never do something like kill an innocent civilian. You people have some nerve. I though it was innocent till proven guilty, not guilty to proven innocent!

ChunkyMunkee
ChunkyMunkee

Go to hell....I'm the proud wife of a 19 1/2 year Army soldier and he is not a murderous anything idiot. He has sacrificed so much for this country as have I and his children but we don't want thanks we want idiots like you to go away.

Klstp
Klstp

Than please, by all means, go live in another country where soldiers don't protect your freedom. Soldiers  sacrific EVERYTHING for us, and are not properly rehabilitated. Don't blame the soldiers, blame the lack of necessary Army programs!

Calirican64
Calirican64

Virgil My god rest your soul.  While on this earth you were so torn.  I saw the good in you and I saw the dark.  I will pray for you and you know once Sonia knows she will cry for you.  You were her first love and I pray she only remebers the good in you.  You and your family will be in our prayers.

Demoman
Demoman

real motorcycle clubs dont have anything to do with street gangs, and i wouldnt trust anything said by University of Colorado as factual. just by the writing, you can tell the writer is biased, as are most people.

Didntitellu
Didntitellu

You know nothing about "real motorcycle gangs". Yes they have contact with street gangs. Many of them have business relationships with street gangs and many started as street gangsters. An example would be the Mongols: they started as street gangsters. You are probably some idiot that likes to buy support your local... bumper stickers & t-shirts to make yourself feel more manly, watch stupid shows that glamorize club life and on warm weather weekends you wear your support your local...garb with your mall bought new leather and ride your off the showroom floor bike to feel even more manly...

Adam Nadeau
Adam Nadeau

This was a good man who was not inn the streets fighting as reported. He was jumped and robbed for his wallet. He called a friend for help and upon leaving he was murdered by a cowardess and senseless act by shooters who hid and opened fire on a vehicle from behind. This  man did not deseve this.

isaiditnowwhogonepopme??
isaiditnowwhogonepopme??

That is most definitely NOT wht happened sorry to burst you're bubble but I knw the truth. You're friend was NOT a saint.

Tashunar
Tashunar

Adam my name Tashuna...I was his bf and contacted about his death by other friends on fb..he and I hadn't spoken. Please email me so I can get further info as bout what happened to my friend. I'm utterly distraught and need answers. What are police doing and when is his funeral? I told him to not go out about 2 Weeks about? Do they have a suspect? Please email me@ tashunar@yahoo.com

Tashunar
Tashunar

He was my best friend. I love and will miss him. May the culprits Rest In He&$!!

isaiditnowwhogonepopme??
isaiditnowwhogonepopme??

Until you know the full story don't speak on it. I know for a fact he didn't kill you're friend.

Fadia-Michelle Gates
Fadia-Michelle Gates

That and many other clubs throw parties, people get invited by friends not knowing the background. Jason (Virgil) was not in a gang, he was not a trouble maker, he was a good man, please don't throw doubt into the air about this man who has been fighting like hell to over come a massive amount of set backs. To write an authentic story about this waste of life do your research on the man.

Vincent L. Anderson
Vincent L. Anderson

Vincent L. Anderson

I agree, Means as we called at was and will be most remembered for his graet smile.

I saw him on Thurday of that same week, with the smile! 

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