Pace of Clements murder investigation angers widow
Thursday, March 20, 2014
DENVER (AP) — The widow of Colorado's former prisons chief says she's angry and frustrated at the slow pace of the investigation into her husband's slaying.
Lisa Clements tells The Denver Post (http://bit.ly/1cXvCQw ) she's concerned the agencies involved in the investigation of Tom Clements' death aren't coordinating enough, noting "we have yet to know much more than we knew about his murder within about 48 hours."
Prosecutors say 28-year-old Colorado parolee Evan Ebel killed Clements and Nathan Leon, a Denver computer technician and pizza delivery driver, last March. Ebel fled to Texas, where he was killed in a shootout with authorities.
Lisa Clements says it's difficult to believe Ebel planned, orchestrated and financed the slaying himself.
El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa says "it's just a very slow process," and investigators are working closely with the Department of Corrections and the FBI.
Earlier this month, a woman who pleaded guilty to buying the handgun used to kill Clements was sentenced to 27 months in prison and three years supervision.
Prosecutors had asked for 72 months for Stevie Marie Anne Vigil, for buying the handgun for Ebel, a parolee and member of a white supremacist prison gang. But a federal Judge said prosecutors had failed to show Vigil knew of Ebel’s plans. (See Denver Post story.)
Federal prosecutors said Ebel used the gun in the killings of Clements and Leon, and to wound a sheriff’s deputy in Texas.
Clements, who was 58, was a Missouri corrections official for over three decades before taking the top prisons job in Colorado.
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