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News Release
Security Guard Sentenced to life in prison for 2017 murder - 10/22/18

Today, the Honorable David E. Leith sentenced Gregory Weston Capwell, 34 years old, to Life in prison following his conviction for murder. Gregory Capwell was convicted on October 18, 2018, following a four day jury trial, of the intentional killing of Jose Moreno, 25 years old.

The murder charge stems from an incident that occurred in the Denny’s parking lot, located at 3155 Ryan Drive, Salem, Oregon, on July 22, 2017, at approximately 3:30 a.m.  At that time, Capwell, who was working as an armed security guard, confronted Moreno and two other men as they attempted to enter the Denny’s and told them that they were trespassed.  After a brief verbal argument Capwell then tried to grab Jose Moreno and place him under a citizen’s arrest.  Capwell then tased Moreno, despite being warned that Moreno had a pacemaker.  Moreno and the other men then attempted to get back in their car and leave, however, Capwell ran up and physically yanked Moreno out of the car.  As Moreno was pulled from the car he began to fight with Capwell and Capwell then shot him twice in the chest with his .40 caliber Glock handgun.

Although Capwell claimed that he acted in self-defense, the incident was captured on a security camera from a neighboring business. That video was a key piece of evidence in the trial.  The jury took less than ten minutes to unanimously find Gregory Capwell guilty of intentional murder with a firearm.

Under Oregon law the punishment for Murder is a Life sentence with a 25 year minimum before eligibility for parole.