Tanner Flores was eighteen when he fatally shot his ex girlfriend. According to court documents Tanner Flores was not happy that his ex girlfriend, Ashley Doolittle broke up with him. Tanner convinced Ashley to go for a ride with him and somewhere along the way he would fatally shoot the eighteen year old woman. Flores would drive to his Grandparents ranch and bury her body. This teen killer would initially tell police that the shooting was an accident but that story fell apart pretty quickly. Tanner Flores would be convicted of kidnapping and murder and would be sentenced to life in prison plus thirty two years.
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A Larimer County judge on Thursday sentenced Tanner Flores to life in prison without parole in the shooting death of Flores’ ex-girlfriend Ashley Doolittle.
The 19-year-old Berthoud man had been found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder as well as felony kidnapping by a jury Wednesday, following seven days of trial that revealed Flores failed to accept a breakup with Doolittle in June 2016.
Doolittle’s mother, Ann Marie Doolittle, addressed the court on behalf of her family before Judge Greg Lammons issued the sentence.
“No one can begin to imagine the pain and agony one goes through after losing a child,” Ann Marie Doolittle said.
She emphasized her daughter’s love for her horses and that she had just built a new house on a property for boarding horses.
“She never really had the chance to enjoy it,” Ann Marie Doolittle said of the house. “He destroyed two families. When he killed Ashley, he killed a part of me. He took away our son’s best friend. We will never get the chance to enjoy with her the bright future she had. Now the court proceedings are embedded in our minds.”
Ashley Doolittle is survived by her brother Michael Doolittle, a high school student, as well as her mother and father, Jeff Doolittle.
The 18-year-old was the Boulder County Fair and Rodeo Lady-in-Waiting at the time of her death and was posthumously crowned rodeo queen. She planned on studying agricultural business at Colorado State University following her May 2016 graduation from Berthoud High School, and had deposited her high school graduation money only moments before she was killed.
“On June 9, 2016, Ashley Doolittle had everything to live for. She had done nothing she deserved to die for,” prosecutor Cliff Riedel, 8th Judicial District Attorney, had told the jury in his closing argument.
Ann Marie Doolittle expressed sympathy for Flores’ relatives, and even her daughter’s killer himself. Members of both families were present each of the seven days of trial, which ended Wednesday with convictions on all charges.
“Our hearts go out to the Flores family. A part of me feels bad for Tanner, but that does not mean he should not be punished for his actions,” Ann Marie Doolittle said.
Flores appeared wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and did not address the court ahead of hearing his sentence, nor did anyone else on his behalf. Lammons imposed 32 years for the felony kidnapping charge and crime of violence enhancer on top of the life sentence.
The judge did not address the court or reprimand Flores before reading his fate.
“There is nothing I can say that Ms. Doolittle didn’t already say to encompass this case,” Lammons said.
The jury dismissed Flores’ defense that although he fatally shot Doolittle, he didn’t plan to, and was therefore only liable for second-degree murder and a prison sentence of up to 48 years.
It is currently unknown which of the state’s Department of Corrections facilities Flores will serve his sentence in, said Mark Fairbairn, spokesman for the department. After Flores is registered within the Colorado prison system, he will be put into a facility to suit his medical and mental health needs with the proper level of security to suit his past behavior while in custody, Fairbairn added.
Flores, who had dropped out of Berthoud High School, possessed mechanical skills and knowledge desired by several potential employers before his arrest, his friends and family testified.
Prosecutors made the case Flores grew jealous and angry when he discovered Doolittle wanted to pursue relationships with other men, and began developing a plan to kill Doolittle and himself, as well, but stopped short of committing suicide when Doolittle survived his initial gunshot to her head.
“She started twitching and freaking out, so I shot her again,” Flores said in police interviews. “I thought it would be an instant thing.”
Testimony in the trial revealed text messages sent between Flores and Doolittle as well as Flores and his other friends contained hints he was contemplating suicide following his breakup with Doolittle.
“The only thing Ashley did wrong was care too much,” Ann Marie Doolittle said. “She told me she didn’t want to hurt Tanner, she just didn’t want to date him anymore.”
In fact, Doolittle ended her relationship with Flores twice in the four days before her death, a stretch of time prosecutors narrowed in on to prove he deliberated upon the homicidal act.
Defense attorneys for Flores backed his claim that he had no plan to kill his ex-girlfriend, calling his actions “hasty and impulsive” and those of a “confused and heartbroken young man.”
There have been 353 first-degree murder convictions in the state over the past 10 years, according to data provided by analysts with the Colorado Judicial Branch.
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