Aurora teen gets 30 years for 2014 Taco Bell parking lot murder


AURORA | An Aurora 18-year-old who killed another teen last summer in a Taco Bell parking lot has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Sterling Dillon HookSterling Dillon Hook pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder for killing Mark Chalfant in July 2014. A judge on Tuesday, Oct. 20, sentenced him to 30 years in prison.

Hook was one of four teens arrested in connection with Chalfant’s slaying. Another teen, Calvin Banks, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery in August. An Arapahoe County judge sentenced him Monday, Oct. 19, to seven years in the state’s Youthful Offender System. Banks could face 21 years in prison if he doesn’t successfully complete his sentence in the youth system, prosecutors said.

Hook and another teen suspect, Vincent Rucker, were juveniles at the time of the slaying and prosecutors charged them as adults.

as.CalvinBanks.102215Chalfant was shot early June 4, 2014 following an altercation in a Taco bell parking lot at East Hampden Avenue and South Tower Road.

When officers arrived, they found Chalfant suffering a gunshot wound. He was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

Police said at the time they think the victim was involved in an altercation in the parking lot and at some point during the altercation, he was shot.

In court documents police said the shooting stemmed from a marijuana deal gone bad. Police said the deal involved a small amount of marijuana.

The teens were arrested two weeks after the slaying and later charged as adults.

In May, almost a year after the slaying, a fourth teen was arrested in connection with the case. That suspect, a 15-year-old boy, was arrested at a home in the 4500 block of Genoa Street in Denver. Denver police assisted the Aurora police fugitive unit with the arrest, police said.

Because of the teen’s age, his name has not been released. He is awaiting trial.