Evan Ebel: John Hickenlooper knew dad of alleged Tom Clements-Nathan Leon killer

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Photos, video below.
Update: The tale of Evan Ebel, the man shot during a gun battle with law enforcers in Texas on Thursday (see our previous coverage below), seems to grow stranger with each passing day. Hours after Ebel was taken off life support, as evidence that he had killed both pizza-delivery man Nathan Leon and Tom Clements, the Department of Corrections' executive director, we learn that Governor John Hickenlooper, who appointed Clements, knew Ebel's father -- and knew of the troubled son who may have just killed the man he considered a good friend.

As we've reported, Leon, who worked at a Domino's Pizza branch near East 40th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, was sent on a delivery over the weekend, but never returned. His body was found in an open-space area near a Golden recycling plant. The Denver coroner's office has established that the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds.

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Nathan Leon and his wife, Katie.
At about 8:30 p.m. the following Tuesday in Monument, a town many miles south of where Leon was slain, a seemingly unconnected act of senseless violence took place. Clements, who was appointed to head the state's prisons in 2011 and was widely regarded as a reformer, answered the door and was shot in the chest.

Clements and Hickenlooper worked together regularly, as is clear from this video showing the two of them taking part in a discussion about the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility, which had been marked for shuttering.

Hickenlooper ordered that flags throughout the state fly at half-mast in honor of Clements while police departments of every description made finding his assassin their first priority. However, cops in Texas eventually brought in Ebel -- but only after he shot and severely injured a deputy who pulled over his 1991 Cadillac, precipitating a car chase that ended with the vehicle crushed by a semi-truck and the alleged former member of a white supremacist prison gang shot in the head. He was kept alive long enough to harvest his organs, than allowed to die.

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The Cadillac is now being analyzed by Texas authorities.
The latest? CBS4 reports that shell casings found in Texas are of the same sort found near Clements's home, and confirms that a pizza jacket or shirt and a pizza carrier were found in the car. Tests will be done in an attempt to link them to Leon.

Finally, past 8 p.m. last night, Hickenlooper's office released a statement revealing that the governor has known Ebel's father, Jack, for three decades -- well enough to have heard tales about the troubled boy they tried to control but couldn't. Here's the surprisingly heartfelt and emotional statement, which also pays tribute to Leon:

"Every killer has a mother and father, usually with broken hearts. I met Jack Ebel some 30 years ago when working for an oil company soon after moving to Colorado. Jack is one of the most kind and generous people I know. His son had a bad streak that I know he tried desperately to correct.

"Although Jack loved his son, he never asked me to intervene on his behalf and I never asked for any special treatment for his son. Based on information we received today, we understand that Evan Ebel served every day of his original sentence and was released on mandatory parole at the end of the time he was ordered to be incarcerated.

"The events of the past few days have been devastating for all involved. I am in shock and disbelief about how everything seems connected in this case. It makes no sense. Tom's death at the hands of someone hell-bent on causing evil was tragic in every way. It also now appears Tom's killer may have had another victim. Our hearts and prayers are with Nathan Leon's family as well. We are most appreciative for law enforcement at all levels in Colorado and Texas and are anxious to learn more as the investigation continues."

Look below to see the aforementioned CBS4 report, followed by our previous coverage.

Continue for our previous coverage, including photos and video.



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intel
intel

What happened to  Homaidan al-Turki being a suspect in tom's killing?  He will probably get deported along with the mastermind of the boston bombing.  Hell they will probably be sitting beside of each other in first class on their return trip home.  Saudi Arabia must have some sort of pull over the us government.

Mozart99
Mozart99

For those of you defending the governor's threats to the 9News reporter, claiming 9News is all crap. Even if that were true, no one, but no one, gets to tell a reporter what questions he/she can ask. I spent 40 years doing this kind of stuff. And when I was threatened I often responded. For example, when South Africans threatened to throw me out of their country I saId go ahead. It will make my career. No one, I repeat, no one, gets to tell a reporter what he/she can ask. In this case the reporter could have asked the governor if he was threatening him.

dano323
dano323

Whoever is in prison is an embarrassment to themselves and their family...No excuses...Ebel is the devil, this week...His family is ruined as is the other families of the victims....I would have welcomed the opportunity to crush a 211 crew member....And still do...Bring it on...

stuka1
stuka1

@Juan_Leg 

Just please stop posting your admiration for this fucking douchebag in a place where Nathan Leon's family and friends might see it -- for instance, here. . It's fucking cruel.


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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Hickenlooper is the BEST Gov this state has had in my lifetime ! He inherited a F'n mess & is doing ALL he can to correct the imminent problems and issues w/i the courts and corrections !

If he doubted the seriousness of the illegal actions by the C.D.O.C., he might want to give the systems a VERY SERIOUS review, followed by firing and prosecution of ALL involved ! I could really care less who this group has targeted next, I truly hope it's not Hick ! There are literally thousands employed by D.O.C. and it's NOT like walking into a school or a theater !

Evan Ebel, you died a hero to many, counting myself & will ALWAYS appreciate you standing up for those abused, silenced by the same laws governing & torturing them all .....

usapatriotintx
usapatriotintx

Let me get this straight....a man who points guns at other people and robs them, gets numerous chances prior to prison, is finally sent to prison but assaults a prison guard is the victim?  This man has been troubled since childhood and became a cold blooded killer.  I don't have any sympathy towards him.  I do have sympathy for the family of Nate Leon.  I do have sympathy for the family of Tom Clements.  I have sympathy for the family of Evan Ebel, but I have no sympathy for Evan.  He most likely received solitary confinement because he couldn't be with other inmates or assaulted the prison guards.  He made his choices and there's a special place in hell for him.   

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

My true hope from ALL THIS comes an COMPLETE AUDIT OF THE ENTIRE PRISON SYSTEM !

Once the illegal activities have been exposed, CONVICT the officers involved !

Things have gotten so completely horrible in Colorado, the inmates FINALLY, have stood up for themselves & I hope to hear of many more demonstrations of an eye for an eye !!!

Carole Chambers can take credit by sentencing men to OUTRAGEOUS sentences and REFUSING all re-considerations .










































I hope this 'KARMA' is statewide spread & CONTINUES taking the lives of those who ABUSE others under the guise of 'Corrections' ......

As soon as the weather clears, I'll be planting a tree in Evan' memory & honor !!!



































































DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

The DOC created a mad-cow monster via years of abuse and torture in solitary confinement, then that madman returned to strike back at the DOC.

You kick and abuse a dog long enough, eventually he bites back.


Mozart99
Mozart99

I find it odd that someone who committed an assault in prison apparently was released at the end of his original sentence, which apparently means the sentence he got in prison was made concurrent to his existing sentence or sentences.

Mozart99
Mozart99

Hickenlooper did threaten a 9News reporter for asking too many questions.

loweed46
loweed46

Chickenpooper really got upset at 9 news! the media needs to investigate this, I think the looper is dirty in this one, too many coincidences.  I was involved in Criminal justice nationally, and this guy is the 1st I have ever heard of getting hit!!!why Colorado, why now, and why would he know the governor???

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

Thank you Michael what other law enforcement theories are you trying to pose as fact.  If law enforcement didn't have you to propagandize for them what would they do?

bows.by.boo
bows.by.boo

@stuka1 @Juan_Leg 

thank you for those words!! As Nates Mother-in-law it is difficult to read anything good about Ebel. I realize he was a very disturbed individual......but I now have a daughter who is a widow and two little granddaughters who will grow up without their Dad. And Nate will never be able to enjoy the things he should have been allowed to as a Dad..and he was a wonderful Dad. All he did was go to work that day, to his second job one day a week delivering pizza.......and he never came home!!! We love him and miss him...he was a man who was so loved because of the person he was...a kind, generous, loving man who loved his family and was so proud of his children...RIP my wonderful son in law......you will always be in our hearts!!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@stuka1 PLEASE understand I've assisted hundreds of inmates & it so far surpasses sickening just how many entered the 'system' in the 1st place !

If you scroll back to the date Leon was murdered and the story found it's way to the WW, I, 'right off the bat,  inquired on information on how to send support to the victim's wife and kids, & I could not be more serious . 

I wish it was another cop killed & not %%100 INNOCENT, Nathan Leon . There can never be enough pizza delivery drivers, while society keeps employing more & more ,cops ! Hell, prison employees are only required to present a G.E.D. to be employed by D.O.C. 1/2 not possessing a tri-digit I.Q. 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stuka1 ... too bad no one gives a flying fuck what you think, eh stupa1 ?


stuka1
stuka1


@Juan_Leg And what was Nathan Leon's crime, so heinous that he deserved to be murdered in cold blood, his wife a widow, his children fatherless? What were THEIR crimes?

stuka1
stuka1

@Juan_Leg Yeah, real fuckin HERO, that Evan Ebel -- fuckin KILLS a man and leaves his fuckin wife and three fuckin children behind for a fucking pizza box and a fuckin SHIRT. 

My kinda fuckin HERO. 

You make me fuckin sick,  Juan_Leg.


stuka1
stuka1

@Juan_Leg 

And what of Nathan Leon and his widow and young now-fatherless children? Will you be planting trees for them as well? 

You disgust me.

Mozart99
Mozart99

You may well be right. It is not clear to me.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mozart99 ... depending on which "news" reports you read, he received additional time for the assault around 2006, and that extended his incarceration.

Note that he was denied early parole, and maxed out his time to his mandatory release date.

Whether he was let out this year, or two years from now, or five, the outcome would have been the same given his predetermination to commit the crimes ... it might have even been worse had he been forced to endure more torture in the DOC.


explorer0822
explorer0822

@Mozart99  - I watched the Jace Larson interview with Hick.  Larson was a bit over the top and quite disrespectful in his machine-gun like questioning.  He also kept repeating himself - a common reporter trick to try to trip someone up or get them frustrated.  In this case, it worked with Hick.  Hick knows better but he got caught in the emotions of the moment.  A pity about 9News - - it used to be a good news outlet and now it has devolved into a TV-based tabloid format.

explorer0822
explorer0822

@loweed46 - Actually the number of state officials getting killed or injured is on the increase year over year.  It used to average about 26 nationwide.  It is now averaging 35 officials around the country as targets of violent crime.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@davebarnes ... a cowardly and bigoted U$A always blames the Arabs first ... such as the OKC bombing, etc ... it's easier than accepting the reality that such murder and mayhem was once again perpetrated by one of their own White, Christian brethren.


stuka1
stuka1

@Juan_Leg I am not without sympathy or understanding for abused inmates at all. NONE of that excuses or will EVER excuse Ebel's cold-blooded murder of Nathan Lean. He's no fucking hero.

So you wish you could revise the "story", re-write it so it's a policeman or policewoman who is killed instead, rather than an "innocent".  Wow. Just fucking wow.

stuka1
stuka1

@DonkeyHotay YOU give a fuck what I think. You read every word I write, you chickenshit whiny pussy.

Mozart99
Mozart99

@stuka1 i understand how you feel. we do need to find out why this happened, not because the killer deserves any sympathy but so we can avoid this in the future. but there will be more senseless murders. 

bows.by.boo
bows.by.boo

@stuka1 

we ask the same thing.........Nates life for his shirt and pizza box? I know my son in law and he would have given them to Ebel in a heartbeat...along with anything else he wanted. But to take Nates life for that makes no sense because it was a waste of a young mans life who was just getting started. A young man who was a good person and is so missed. Nate didn't commit a crime.....all he did was try to support his family the best way he could, working 2 jobs. Nate will always be our family's "hero"!!!

Mozart99
Mozart99

@explorer0822 @Mozart99 Hickenlooper didn't just pull this out of his ass. He must have been thinking about it

. He is known to be very controlling. There was nothing wrong with what the reporter asked. Often people will say something two or three times and then when pushed will tell the truth. That has been my experience.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@explorer0822 @Mozart99 

This is common with the Hickster, he makes a poor interviewee, easily put on the defensive. 

He's a political novice wrt public speaking and media interaction.

explorer0822
explorer0822

@Mozart99 I remain unconvinced.  We watch 9News a lot and they have really devolved into a true NBC affiliate as in: Nothing But Crap.  It all has to do with needing to fill up air time with fluffiness since they can no longer afford hard news coverage.  9News is almost as bad as the Denver Post which has become a mere news aggregator - - culling stories from other sources.  

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