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Ricky Scott convicted of killing soldier Anthony Silva over $200 worth of marijuana?

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In summer 2011, we told you about the arrest of Ricky Scott for the murder of Anthony Silva, a Fort Carson soldier; see our original coverage below. Now, Scott has been convicted of first-degree murder in the crime, which appears to have taken place after a fight over $200 worth of marijuana -- a tale told in the probable cause statement also seen here.

As we reported last year, Silva wanted to re-enlist in the Army, but a bad back made that impossible -- so he planned to head home to Illinois. Unfortunately, his flight was cancelled, so he got a room at a Motel 6 on Paris Street while waiting for his father to pick him up. He was last seen walking his dog.

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Anthony Silva.
The subsequent investigation into his death revealed a text message sent to his parents that read, "In some shit but ok. Call me 2morrow." But his phone revealed other information as well. The probable cause statement notes that Silva also sent texts to a phone that was subsequently traced to Scott, an Aurora resident known by the nickname "Tampa." Moreover, a DNA swab of Silva's right hand scored a strike with Scott, who was in the system thanks to a previous arrest.

This clue was supplemented by information provided by a confidential informant, who recalled a conversation with Scott "about the killing of the soldier in Montbello." The source said Silva had arranged to meet Scott, accompanied by cohorts known by the names Bam Bam and Carlos, at a car in order to "purchase $200.00 worth of [sic] Marihuana." But when they went to a rental car being used by Scott to complete the transaction, a melee broke out, with Carlos beating Silva with a baseball bat and Scott opening fire, hitting the victim "maybe four times."

The document goes on to suggest that Silva tried to leave without paying for the cannabis, prompting Scott to shoot him in the back.

When asked about the marijuana-deal angle on the story, Denver District Attorney's Office DA suggests that the tale be attributed to Scott, since the police source attributed it to him. However, she notes that when Silva's body was found, he had $100 in cash and no marijuana.

More than a year after the crime, Scott went on trial -- and while a jury eventually found him not guilty of felony murder and attempted aggravated robbery, he was convicted on one count of first-degree murder. As such, he'll face life in prison without parole when he's formally sentenced on February 8. In the meantime, he remains in custody at the Denver Detention Center.

Look below to see a larger version of Scott's mug shot, a report from CBS4 dating to last year and the aforementioned probable cause statement, followed by our previous coverage.

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Ricky Scott.

Ricky Scott Probable Cause Statement

Continue for our earlier coverage of the Anthony Silva homicide.



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19 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I got ripped for 1/2 LB back in September .

No gun involved & I retain my freedom .

Easy choice !....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Who said Marijuana doesn't attract VIOLENT crime?

Leah Ryan
Leah Ryan

That guy looks like a winner. Super awesome that pieces of shit like this are out there

Wayne Lee DeNucci
Wayne Lee DeNucci

This is the kind of people you deal with in the black market make it legal and these people wont survive

Damon Wood
Damon Wood

don't buy weed off dudes with 17th st. gang tattoos right next to the eye he's lookin' at you with.

David Spohn
David Spohn

Loser. Grow it like the rest of us. Hope you burn !! And to think if 64 would have been in place this man would probably still be alive! All over a plant that helps people

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@David Spohn  ... because if you try and rip-off a gang banger for $200 worth of weed after A64, they won't shoot you, eh?

ryan.nino303
ryan.nino303

@Juan_Leg @Skid Jarrett Gilmore LOL. Ya right. I hadnt seen schwag in like 15 years till I moved to Colorado. I didnt even know it was still around. I thought it was hilarious. It was all over the place here.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident @DonkeyHotay 

So everyone in the Medical Marijuana industry -- patients, caregivers, dispensaries, etc -- is a criminal accustomed to breaking any and all laws, eh?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Yes, to some extent, it does. Making a product less-than-fully legal makes it attract criminals, who are accustomed to breaking any and all laws. If laws didn't deviate from protection of life, liberty and property, there wouldn't be any concern.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "Having to purchase a product from de facto criminals is what invites the violent crime."

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries are ACTUAL criminals under Federal law. So your assertion is that they invite violent crime, eh?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay No, it's a FACT. Having to purchase a product from de facto criminals is what invites the violent crime.

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