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Floyd Sandoval busted in John Goggin's murder, second suspect sought (21)

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UPDATE: A jury sentenced Floyd Sandoval to life in prison for the murder of John Goggin in October 2014. At trial, prosecutors elaborated on Sandoval's motives, saying that he shot Goggin during a pot deal gone wrong. Sandoval's codefendent, Jose Palacio, is set to go on trial later this month.

As is the case in the murder of Denver's Vincente Penaloza, in which a warrant has been issued for Tyree Bowen, eighteen, investigators are still searching for a suspect in the killing last week of John Goggin in Edgewater; see surveillance photos below.

However, one arrest has been made in Goggin's death. The man in custody is Floyd Sandoval, 23, whose Facebook page portrays him as a family man, albeit one who's had occasional run-ins with the law. See photos and video and get details below.

The photos shared on Facebook by Sandoval vary widely: shots of Tupac Shakur and Tony Montana from Scarface, several vivid images of stitches, a gun-range shot, pics of sumptuous meals for people and dogs (the most recent post features a juicy bone). But most prevalent are photos of his kids and portraits like this one....

...and this one.... ...and this one: In addition, there are updates about Sandoval's feeling about assorted subjects, including this item, from August 26: "$$I fucking hate being on ankle$$."

Presumably, he's even unhappier now, since he's in custody in advance of a Friday court date connected to the murder of Goggin, 41.

On October 17, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, members of the Edgewater Police Department were called to a home on the 2500 block of Sheridan Boulevard.

There, they found Goggin, who reportedly lived in a garage on the property, suffering from a gunshot wound. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but he died a few hours later.

Shortly thereafter, surveillance footage from a nearby camera was analyzed, and images were found of two men who were allegedly at Goggin's place when gunfire rang out. Investigators believe Sandoval was one of them, while the second man remains unidentified and his whereabouts are unknown at this time.

Several of the stills were subsequently made public.

Continue to see the surveillance shots, as well as a video about the death of John Goggin. Here's the first image, which focuses on the man wearing the hat....

...followed by another one that offers a closer look: Also shared are photos of a vehicle thought to be linked to the missing suspect: a green or blue 2004-2007 Kia Sorento. Here's the first.... ...and a second: If you have any information about the man or vehicle seen in these photos, you're encouraged to contact investigators with the Jeffco DA's office at 303-886-3568. In the meantime, our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of John Goggin.

Here's a 7News report about the shooting, broadcast before the arrest, followed by Sandoval's booking photo.

More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Tyree Bowen wanted for Vincente Penaloza's murder outside 12th Avenue apartments (20)."

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