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Man sentenced in fatal shooting of his ex, a Cherry Creek Schools teacher

Melissa Wright, a teacher in the Cherry Creek School District, was fatally shot in 2021.

DENVER — The ex of a Cherry Creek school teacher who was killed in Denver more than two years ago was sentenced Friday to 48 years behind bars.

On May 28, 2021, Denver Police responded to a shooting in the area of Pontiac Street and East Lowry Boulevard. That's where they found Melissa Wright, 41, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

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Two days later, Eric Cobain was arrested in Lakewood. Family members told 9NEWS that Cobain and Wright had dated for more than a year.

>The video above is a prior report about the shooting.

"None of us saw this coming or we would have done something,"  Wright's daughter, Morgan Becwar, said after the shooting.

Wright worked at I-Team Manor in the Cherry Creek School District. It's an alternative for high school students with special needs.

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Cobain was initially charged with first-degree murder but pleaded guilty in September to second-degree murder. He was sentenced Friday in Denver District Court to 48 years.

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