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KUSA - According to Adams County court files, a former Colorado inmate being investigated in the death of the state prisons chief and a pizza delivery man violated his probation numerous times.

9Wants To Know has learned Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, violated his probation in 2004 after he was caught with a weapon in a Westminster man's vehicle. The owner had not given Ebel permission to be in the car.


When police caught Ebel, he had a pistol in the car with grounded or sanded off serial number.

Ebel was sentenced to probation in May 2004 for possessing a defaced firearm and trespassing in a motor vehicle. He was not allowed to possess a firearm as part of his probation.

In June of 2004, his probation officer told a judge not only had he been caught with a gun twice since going on probation, but he had shot himself twice. Ebel shot himself in the stomach on June 6, 2004 and was taken to the hospital.

Ebel shot himself in the leg on June 26, 2004, according to court records.

Ebel was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2005 after court records show he carjacked a man's car, pistol whipped the driver and crashed the car in Commerce City. Court records show he also tried to break into a home in the 6000 block of East 75th Avenue in Commerce City. Ebel was sentenced to serve three years parole after serving his prison time.

Ebel, a Colorado parolee, is a suspect in the slaying of a Denver pizza delivery man, Nathan Leon, 27, who disappeared from work and whose body was found Sunday evening in Golden.

Authorities also are trying to determine whether the car Ebel drove was the same seen outside the home of Tom Clements, the prison official, who was shot and killed when he answered the door Tuesday evening.

Ebel passed away Friday after a harrowing 100-mph car chase and shootout with police in Texas the day before.

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