The formerly homeless Englewood man accused of stabbing a Highlands Ranch real-estate agent pleaded guilty to second-degree murder July 13, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. …
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The formerly homeless Englewood man accused of stabbing a Highlands Ranch real-estate agent pleaded guilty to second-degree murder July 13, according to the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office. The initial charge of first-degree murder was dismissed.
Arthur Richardson, 35, received a sentence of 16 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, with 338 days subtracted for jail time served prior to the sentence. He also received five years of mandatory parole.
The victim, 39-year-old Trevin Eno, provoked Richardson in a drugstore before the eventual fatal confrontation, according to witness testimony from Walgreens employees at a Dec. 15 preliminary hearing.
Richardson and a friend initially encountered Eno in the Walgreens at 123 E. Belleview Ave. in Englewood Aug. 8. All three men acted aggressively at the start, but Eno was “furious” while Richardson and the second man were trying to calm down near the register, according to testimony at the hearing in Arapahoe County District Court.
“When I heard on the news there was a stabbing nearby, I thought it would be the other way around,” Trevor Mayes, a Walgreens employee who worked on Aug. 8, said at the December hearing. “I thought it would be (Eno) who had caused this matter.”
Englewood police found Eno, an Englewood resident, unconscious and bleeding at about 9:43 p.m. Aug. 8 after responding to his single-car crash at 55 E. Chenango Ave. That location is only a few blocks from the 5000 block of South Acoma Street, where Richardson and the second man said Eno's fatal wound occurred. Eno drove off and ran into a truck after sustaining the wound.
A toxicology report showed Eno's blood-alcohol level to be at least 0.13 percent, with some amount of marijuana also showing in his system in an initial, or presumptive, test, according to testimony by Englewood police Detective Aaron Glee.
Just minutes earlier, Eno made a purchase at the Walgreens, according to a receipt police found in his car.
At the drugstore, he encountered Richardson and his friend, who told police Eno gave him “a bad look,” according to the defense attorney. In response, Richardson told Eno to go around them, which sparked the string of three confrontations. Richardson and the second man walked to the register to check out, and Eno acted like he wanted to fight them, said Charlotte Gazotti, an employee.
One of the two men repeatedly told the other to “just ignore” Eno, according to Gazotti.
Once Eno finished checking out in another part of the store, he rushed to catch up to Richardson and the second man, who had just exited.
Gazotti walked outside and saw the men having an argument, when Eno started to run toward them — Gazotti yelled that she'd call the police, and Eno got into his car. He sped out northbound on South Broadway, and Richardson and the second man walked west.
They appeared to be walking to the nearby Golden Nugget Apartments, where Richardson had a lease through the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, but when they were just a block away from the drugstore, they saw Eno on South Acoma Street.
According to claims presented in court, Eno approached them and pushed each man with one hand. The second man punched Eno and, he told police, Richardson stabbed Eno through his ribs and heart. Richardson said he pulled his knife out and held it in front of his body, in fear of his life, because Eno had a shiny object in his hand as he approached them. Richardson told police Eno lunged toward him and fell onto the knife.
An injured Eno left in his vehicle, in which police found a sheathed knife, but evidence suggests Eno didn't have the knife during confrontations, the judge said.
When arrested in Englewood, Richardson had a felony warrant for his arrest out of Denver.
Eno worked as a broker for Keller Williams Executives in Highlands Ranch.
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