GREELEY -- A Weld County jury convicted Frederick High School graduate Draton Mares of first-degree murder in the death of former Brighton High School and Harlem Globetrotters trainer Thomas Bashline.
Mares was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
The two met online in 2010. Bashline and Mares agreed to meet in November and returned to Bashline's Frederick home. Court records said Mares convinced Bashline to lie down on his bed for a massage.
Mares then blindfolded Bashline, covered his head with a pillow and shot him in the head with a handgun Mares stole during an earlier burglary. Police records said Mares stole Bashline's truck, which turned up in Boulder with the murder weapon inside.
The trial lasted nine days. The jury convicted Mares of one count of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated motor-vehicle theft.
"We're satisfied that justice was served in this case," Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck said. "Thomas Bashline didn't deserve to die that day. Now his killer will spend the rest of his life behind prison walls.