Lucas Piper sentenced for trying to kill people he met at String Cheese Incident concert
We don't usually think of String Cheese Incident fans as homicidal. But last August, Lucas Piper was accused of being an exception to this rule, for allegedly trying to burn down a house full of people he met at an SCI show at Red Rocks.
Lucas Piper. More photos below.
Now, Piper has been sentenced to more than two decades in stir for the crime -- and Rachel Lewin, his companion at the scene, is due in court tomorrow regarding charges of attempted murder and arson.
According to Steve Davis of the Lakewood Police Department, who spoke to us for an August 2013 post, Piper, now 23, and Lewin, who was 21 at the time of the incident and is described by the First Judicial District DA's office as his girlfriend, attended the String Cheese Incident concert at Red Rocks on July 26 -- a gig that inspired a Westword slide show.
Afterward, they were invited to the home of James Bartlett, who lives in a duplex on the 12300 block of West Viewpoint Drive -- not that they were pals. "Before that night, the home owner and Lewin and Piper were not acquainted with one another," Davis said. "They apparently met that night. Piper and Lewin were invited to the house and the concert by someone all of them knew who never showed up."
Photo by Eric Gruneisen The String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks in July 2013, as seen in a Westword slide show.
Piper and Lewin are said to have arrived at the address around 1 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, with others filtering in afterward. Davis noted that Piper was introduced to Bartlett and others there not by his given name, but as "Sky."
The 12300 block of West Viewpoint Drive in Lakewood.
Another witness -- Conner Wood, described in the report as a friend of Bartlett's -- told investigators that Piper subsequently got into a conversation that turned sour. "They were talking about different kinds of drugs," Davis allows, "and Wood said Sky didn't take kindly to it; he called Sky a rude person."
After that, Wood and a friend left for a while -- and upon his return, Davis quoted him as saying, "Sky was upset about something."
He was also threatening, the report maintains. Referencing Bartlett, Davis says "Sky was angry and made a statement about burning down his house."
At that point, Piper and Lewin left -- "and about fifteen minutes later," Davis continued, "the fire started."
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