Jahlil Meshesha of Aurora sentenced for killing connected to illegal marijuana deal

An Aurora man who killed another in an illegal marijuana sale in 2016 was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Jahlil Meshesha, 21, was sentenced Tuesday for second-degree murder in the death of Jahmar Leckman, who was shot to death on Jan. 17, 2016, in a parking lot where he’d agreed to meet an acquaintance to sell marijuana, according to a news release from the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Meshesha already was serving prison time for a January 26, 2016, shootout with Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy Jose Ramon Marquez, who was attacked by Meshesha, then 17, and another teen while visiting someone off-duty at an Aurora apartment complex. Marquez and Meshesha were injured in the shootout, and Meshesha was sentenced to 20 years in prison on an attempted second-degree murder charge in that case.

At the time of the shootout with the deputy, Meshesha had not been arrested in connection with the Leckman killing, which had occurred nine days earlier. He was charged in that case in September 2018 while already in prison, Terri Combs, an 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman said.

During the marijuana deal, Leckman got out of his vehicle to meet the buyer, but Meshesha and Prince Jalil White opened fire from their SUV, the news release said.

White pleaded guilty on Jan. 24, 2020 to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for Leckman’s murder.

At Meshesha’s sentencing, Leckman’s family spoke the pain his death caused.

“The pain will always be there, dormant like a tumor, waiting to rise up without warning. I am angry that my son is gone, but I want to find it in my heart to forgive,” his mother was quoted as saying in the news release. “You are still young enough to do your time and get out and have a life. That is something my son does not have – he lost that when you pulled that trigger.”

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