A Denver man convected of killing a homeless guy while wearing demonic clown makeup and gloves with blades on them was sentenced to 42 years in prison on Friday.
Christian Gulzow, 37, who goes by the name Christöf Gülzowprüzenstein, was originally charged with first-degree murder for the early morning killing of Brian Lucero on May 23, 2017, according to the Denver Post. In June, after a four-day trial, he was found guilty of second-degree murder. The killing happened in the parking lot of a restaurant called Torchy's Tacos, after the two men got into a confrontation at a nearby gas station, according to KDVR in Denver. Gulzow was wearing white clown makeup with black streaks and he had gloves on with 2- to 3-inch blades on every finger, police said.
Lucero was found dead with stab wounds to his neck.
When they were investigating, police saw surveillance footage of Gulzow throwing a bloody knife into some bushes nearby, and when he was arrested, his clothes were covered in blood. Gulzow told police that Lucero made threats against him and told him to “get out of my alley,” which started a fight, and that's when he may have accidentally stabbed Lucero. Gulzow also told police that he was attacked by Lucero and that Lucero took Gulzow’s scooter. He said he tackled Lucero and might have hurt him when he jabbed his glove at him. He also speculated that Lucero may have fallen on one of his spiked bracelets, causing injury. This account, police said, did not match up with witness statements.
Gulzow was troubled and lonely, the Post reported, and liked to share his dark thoughts and feelings on social media in posts and videos. He was regularly seen around downtown Denver on his scooter in his ghoulish costumes.
[Photo: Denver Police Department, Instagram]
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