An Aurora drug dealer was sentenced last week to 58 years in prison for a fatal shooting at a party in Cherry Creek State Park, prosecutors said.

Arapahoe County DA
Joseph Wayne Washington

Joseph Wayne Washington, 31, was sentenced Thursday for the Aug. 13, 2017, murder of 26-year-old Jackson Lee Chavez, according to the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office.

In March a jury found Washington guilty of second-degree murder, witness tampering and numerous counts of possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, among other charges, a news release stated.

Chavez was at a barbecue and got into an altercation with another man when Washington got involved, the release stated, shooting Chavez twice. After the shooting, Washington fled the scene, ditched his vehicle, got rid of the gun and made plans to leave the area.

Washington was later arrested by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.

“It is increasingly challenging to come up with new and novel ways to express outrage and disgust over the angry, gutless and homicidal use of firearms in our community,” said District Attorney George Brauchler. “This must stop. There was no reason for Jackson Chavez to die.”

Arapahoe County DA
Jackson Lee Chavez

Members of Chavez’s family, including his mother, addressed the court during sentencing seeking a maximum sentence in the case.

Arapahoe District Court Judge Patricia Herron sentenced Washington to 38 years for second-degree murder. Additional years of the sentence are for the other counts. Some are concurrent, some are consecutive, the release stated.