Montana man convicted for Sage Munro killing

Published On: Sep 07 2012 11:14:18 AM PDT
Sage Munro murder victim
EPHRATA, Wash. -

A Montana man has been convicted for the 2009 murder of longtime Ephrata resident Sage Munro.

David Nickels was convicted of 1st degree murder Thursday for Munro's killing.

Munro was shot in the front yard of his Ephrata home on Dec. 29, 2009. He was able to walk into his home, where officers found his body in his living room. The coroner later confirmed he died from a point blank single gunshot wound to his chest.

Nickels, who lived in East Helena, MT., was arrested in June 2010 for Munro's murder.

According to court documents Nickels was upset that Munro was dating his ex-girlfriend. He traveled from East Helena to Ephrata, confronted Munro and shot him the morning of Dec. 29 as he was returning home from the gym.

Nickels later bragged about shooting Munro in front his friends. After Nickels' DNA was found on a pair of handcuffs left at the shooting scene, Grant County detectives traveled to Montana to arrest him.

"He basically felt he had gotten away with it," Ephrata Police Chief Mike Warren said at the time of Nickels' 2010 arrest.

"He was quite surprised."