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


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Anthony Silva.
Update, 9:15 a.m. August 30:Early on July 23, Sergeant Anthony Silva texted his parents from a Motel 6 in Denver a short time before he was due to head home to Illinois. The message read: "In some shit but ok. Call me 2morrow."

Before that call could come, Silva was dead -- allegedly murdered by Ricky Scott, 22. But police emphasize that the investigation is still open.

News about the text comes from CBS4, which spoke with Silva's mother, Diana, about the slaying of her son.

"It's bittersweet," she says. "You know, I'm glad we got the guy, but it doesn't bring Tony back."

Silva's death followed a series of bad breaks. He loved the Army and wanted to re-enlist, but a back injury put an end to this plan. So he began his journey home -- but on the night before his death, United Airlines canceled his flight. According to his parents, the airline recommended that Silva stay at a Motel 6 on Paris Street, where he was planning to meet his dad. He was last seen taking his beloved dog for a walk.

Thus far, the Denver Police Department hasn't released a photo of Scott, who reportedly has a record marked by arrests for drug possession and extortion, among other things. He was arrested at his west-side home, where at least one of his neighbors overheard a conversation that sounded "gangsta" to her. That the investigation is continuing suggests the possibility of more arrests in this tragic case.

Look below to see a CBS4 video, followed by our previous coverage -- including a photo of Silva with his dog.

Original item, 7:37 a.m. August 29: In late July, Army Sergeant Anthony Silva was staying at a Motel 6 on Paris Street shortly before a planned return to his Illinois hometown. But shortly after taking his dog for a walk, Silva was found dead.

Now, 22-year-old Ricky Scott has been arrested in connection with the murder.

Silva was reportedly planning to meet his dad at the hotel. He'd wanted to stay in the Army, but a back injury reportedly put the kibosh on his plans to re-enlist. And there's no doubt he loved his pets, as witnessed by this photo the Denver Police Department released following his slaying:

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Anthony Silva and friend.
At this point, the DPD hasn't released a mug shot of Scott or much information about his capture, other than that it took place Thursday evening near a motel on West 37th Avenue. But this development is undoubtedly a relief to the Silva family, and to everyone who's been following this awful incident.

More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Fatal shooting on 1800 block of Kendall Street in Lakewood, cops seek three suspects (10)."



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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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