Defendant: Devante Lance
NIBIN Impact: NIBIN linked five shootings, including two attempted murders, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to two handguns. Thanks to NIBIN, methodical Colorado Springs PD detective work and other evidence, when the suspect was arrested with one of the firearms, he was charged with both violent crimes, leading to a 48-year prison sentence. This was the first time NIBIN information was presented at trial in Colorado’s 4th Judicial District.
Defendant convicted of:
- Two counts Attempted Murder
- First Degree Assault
Sentence: 48 years
On Oct. 12, 2015, a teenager was shot in the right foot by an unknown suspect during an argument at a house party in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A few days later, on Oct. 16, another man was shot in the right thigh and hand on his porch after being approached by another man on foot. Although shell casings from both shootings didn’t match, they matched to three illegal discharges that occurred in different locations in Colorado Springs, Oct. 4, 2015.
Detectives with Colorado Springs Police Department identified Devante Lance as a suspect, and when Lance was arrested, Oct. 30, 2015, he was found with a .45 caliber handgun. A test fire entry into NIBIN confirmed the handgun was used in the second attempted homicide and one illegal discharge, Oct. 4. Additional detective work and other evidence helped investigators prove Lance had also possessed the .40-caliber handgun and committed the other shootings.
Thanks in part to NIBIN, Lance was found guilty May 23, 2016 of two counts of attempted murder, first degree assault and menacing. Lance was sentenced Aug. 23, 2016 to 48 years in prison.
This was the first time NIBIN information was presented at trial in Colorado’s 4th Judicial District.
This case was investigated by ATF and Colorado Springs PD as part of the Southern Colorado Crime Gun Intelligence Center. The Southern Colorado Crime Gun Intelligence Center uses cutting-edge technology, such as NIBIN, and a dedicated investigative team to stop shooters and identify their sources of guns before they can commit further violent crimes. It is a partnership between ATF, Colorado Springs Police Department, El Paso Sheriff's Office, Fountain Police Department, Pueblo Police Department, Department of Corrections Division of Adult Probation, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the District Attorney's Office for the 4th and 10th Judicial Districts.