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A police line tape is seen at the site of the fatal stabbing of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan after he attended a baseball game in San Francisco, California Sept. 26, 2013. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam) A police line tape is seen at the site of the fatal stabbing of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan after he attended a baseball game in San Francisco, California Sept. 26, 2013. (REUTERS/Stephen Lam)  

One year after prison chief’s murder, Colorado officials on ‘hit list’ live in fear

One year after a parolee murdered Tom Clements, Colorado’s former corrections chief, several high-ranking state and federal officials remain in fear for their safety.

These officials are concerned that the gunman didn’t act alone and that Clements wasn’t the only target, according to the Denver Post.

Authorities believe Clements was shot and killed by Evan Ebel March 19, 2013, soon after Ebel was released on parole. Ebel is also believed to have killed Nathan Leon, a pizza deliveryman, in order to ambush Clements at his home.

Police in Texas later killed Ebel in a shootout.

But many people interviewed by the Post said they don’t believe the case ended there. A hit list with about 20 names was found in Ebel’s car and many of those who were named believe their lives remain in danger.

“There is a murderer at large,” one federal official told the Post. Like many of the others quoted in the story, the official did not want his name used.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading the investigation, told the Post that detectives are pursuing numerous leads, some of which involve members of the 211 Crew prison gang that Ebel was believed to be associated with.

Other leads involve Saudi national Homaidan al-Turki, who the Post said was a “person of interest” in the case. Al-Turki is in prison for sexually assaulting his housekeeper. Shortly before Clements’ murder, al-Turki requested to serve his eight-years-to-life sentence in Saudi Arabia, but was denied.

Al-Turki has been moved to a prison in Arizona. Police have arrested two members of the 211 Crew who had contact with Ebel after he was paroled and they are investigating another member already in prison for a possible connection to Clements’ murder, the Post reported.

Only one person has been convicted in connection with the crime. Stevie Marie Vigil pleaded guilty to giving Ebel the gun used to kill both Clements and Leon. She was sentenced to 27 months.

Some of those interviewed by the Post said they are frustrated at the pace of the investigation and by the lack of information coming from the sheriff’s office.

“We would like to have better input into it, in terms of how things are going,” one source said.

But the sheriff’s office called the investigation “massive” and said it was hard to put it on a timeline.

“We are considering a number of groups and a number of people,” Lt. Jeff Kramer told the Post.

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