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Posted on: April 29, 2021

Jarvis Gates Guilty of First Degree Murder

Jarvis Gates

(Golden, CO – April 29, 2021) Today a Jefferson County jury found Jarvis Rondale Gates, DOB 6/15/1981, guilty of the murder of 32-year-old Rotasha Pryor-Thomas in Lakewood on October 31, 2019. The jury convicted Gates of First Degree Murder – After Deliberation (F1), First Degree Murder – Felony Murder (F1), Second Degree Kidnapping (F4), and Tampering with Physical Evidence (F6).

On November 2, 2019, Lakewood police were called to the Chalet Motel on W. Alameda on a report of a suspicious death. Police found Ms. Pryor-Thomas deceased in the bathtub, with the water running and overflowing onto the floor. The police investigation led to the arrest of Mr. Gates on November 5, 2019.

At trial, jurors heard testimony that the victim died of asphyxiation on the night of October 31, 2019.

The Lakewood Police Department conducted a very thorough investigation that included DNA evidence, fingerprints, and cell phone mapping. Surveillance footage from the motel also played a crucial role in the investigation and trial.

Gates will be sentenced on May 5, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. He is being held without bond at the Jefferson County jail.

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