Former soldier gets life sentence in 2001 death
February 8, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS – A former Fort Carson soldier was sentenced to life in prison without parole in the death of a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs freshman.Patricia Ann Elliott, 19, was bludgeoned to death in 2001. She was found with her skull crushed and strangulation marks on her neck in her home.A jury convicted Christopher William Allen, 29, of first-degree murder Thursday. Allen made no statements before 4th Judicial District Chief Judge Kirk Samelson sentenced him.”I feel justice has been served,” said Elliott’s mother, Connie Elliott.Allen was one of three suspects in the teen’s death.Benjamin Gunvalsen, 27, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, pleaded guilty to being an accessory and testified against Allen. He is expected to be sentenced to up to six years in prison, probably after the trial of the final suspect, former Fort Carson soldier Ryan James Krueger, 31.Krueger, who is representing himself, is set to go on trial on a charge of first-degree murder April 29.According to court documents, Krueger and Allen were accused of dealing drugs, and Krueger allegedly paid Gunvalsen and Allen $1,000 for their help in killing Elliott.Elliott, who bought drugs from the men and sold them, was believed to have been killed because they thought she was a snitch.