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Woman who fatally shot her ex-boyfriend over court battle sentenced to life without parole

Woman who fatally shot her ex-boyfriend over court battle sentenced to life without parole

A Colorado woman who shot her ex-boyfriend multiple times, killing him, has been sentenced to spend the rest of her life in prison.

On Tuesday, 27-year-old Devan Schreiner was convicted of murder in Boulder County for ambushing and killing 33-year-old Jason Schaefer, a USPS worker, as the victim delivered mail in 2021. The jurors came to the conclusion that Schreiner committed first-degree murder after she shot Schaefer multiple times, leaving him to the cold hands of death.

Boulder County Jail records show that Schreiner was initially booked at the facility at 4 a.m. on Oct. 14, 2021, several hours after the shooting the afternoon before. Although there is not yet any sentencing information in the jail system, the records do show that Schreiner’s first-degree murder case is in the post-jury deliberation stage.

On Tuesday, Judge Patrick Butler handed a life sentence to Schreiner without the possibility of parole, as required by Colorado laws in the absence of the death penalty.

According to the prosecutors, the murder occurred as the ex-couple was engaged in a custody battle over the young child they shared.

Shocked Longmont locals told investigators they heard four gunshots and saw a suspect in a hoodie fleeing from the crime scene. According to court documents, it didn’t take long for surveillance video to show that Schreiner’s car was in the area of the crime scene.

“She’s a cold blooded murderer,” Michael Dougherty, the Boulder-area District Attorney said about Devan Schreiner after the jury’s verdict and sentencing.

Dougherty said that “Schreiner took steps to get away with this brutal murder, but she underestimated two things. First, the victim was very much loved by his family and co-workers; the information and support they provided was crucial.”

“Secondly, the US Postal Inspectors and Longmont detectives brought their best efforts and, along with our prosecution team, ensured justice was done. As always, we appreciate the time and service of the jurors.”

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According to 9News, prosecutors read a victim impact statement from Schaefer’s mother in court. The grieving parent reportedly said she has “not slept” since her son was murdered and that her family’s lives have been “destroyed forever.”

Schaefer’s mother also mentioned that her 7-year-old grandson, the child at the center of the custody battle that preceded the murder, has now lost both of his parents.

Schreiner will spend the rest of her life behind bars with no possibility of parole.

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