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Teen sentenced to 27 years for role in fatal shooting of Luis Starkey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A 17-year-old female has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for her role in the 2018 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Luis Starkey, according to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Lizeth Rodriguez, who was 16 years old at the time of Starkey's death, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, a class 3 felony.

Luis Starkey was shot and killed during a robbery on Nov. 5, 2018 near Deerfield Hills in Colorado Springs.

Judge Shannon Gerhart said to Rodriguez, "Your actions were very selfish and very malicious," according to the DA's office. "Luis Starkey was a brother, a son, a nephew and a friend -- and it's clear from the letters that he had a lot of friends."

An unnamed 16-year-old male was charged with first degree murder in the crime.

Previous Coverage

Colorado Springs police have arrested two juveniles in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy last week near Deerfield Hills.

Police say a 16-year-old male and 16-year-old female were arrested over the weekend after Luis Starkey was found dead last Monday.

CSPD says the male was charged with first-degree murder and arrested on Friday. The female was arrested Sunday, but police didn't specify what she'll be charged with.

Investigators need help solving the case, and the homicide/assault unit is asking for information from anyone who might know what led to Starkey's death.

Police say the killing is the 30th homicide in the city so far this year.

Earlier Coverage

Colorado Springs police officers responded a shooting near Deerfield Fields Monday night.

Upon arriving at the scene, police found a teen boy lying on the side of the road and rushed him to the hospital with a head wound. Friends told KRDO the victim was 17-year-old Luis Starkey.

Detectives questioned several people. We are waiting to hear if authorities have a suspect, or if there's been an arrest.

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