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Club Q survivors and family members speak about the impact of the shooter’s sentence

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Sabrina and Jeff Aston speak with reporters at a press conference after Anderson Lee Aldrich pleaded guilty on Monday, June 26, 2023, to five counts of first-degree murder and 46 counts of attempted first-degree murder in a mass shooting at Club Q, a Colorado Springs LGBTQ club, last year. Their son, Jeff Aston, has killed in the attack.

The Club Q shooter will serve the rest of their life in prison, for killing five people and wounding 17 others with gunfire in November 2022. They pleaded guilty on June 26, 2023, closing one chapter for victims and their families, although the federal government is still investigating whether to file hate crimes charges, which could result in the death penalty.

In this audio segment, Colorado Matters brings you the voices of a few of the people who lost family members in the shooting — and some who were in the club themselves that night — who spoke after the hearing where the shooter pleaded guilty and received a sentence of thousands of years in prison.