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Third defendant in murder of Lakewood man in Edgewater is sentenced to life in prison
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A 21-year-old woman was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County District Court to life in prison for first-degree murder, the shooting of a man in Edgewater who was picking up barbecue for dinner. After 27-year-old Andrew Jenicek was shot in the chest on April 5, 2018, by an accomplice of Valdez, he was run over by […]

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Denver man suspected of killing wife in 2015 can use her life insurance money to pay for his defense, Colorado Supreme Court rules
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A Denver man who is accused of strangling his wife to death can use the money from her life insurance policy to pay his defense attorney even though the guardian of his two young children has argued that they should get it, the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled. Denver District Attorney Robert Feldman Robert Feldman, […]

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Colorado man gets life in prison without parole in shooting death of teen
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GRAND JUNCTION — A Colorado judge has sentenced a man to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2017 shooting death of a 17-year-old girl. KKCO-TV reports that Israel Massingill was sentenced Friday after a jury in March convicted him of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, patronizing a prostituted child and drug […]

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Colorado inmate who was sentenced to life in prison as a teenager to get a re-sentencing hearing next week
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Erik Jensen, who was convicted of helping his friend kill the latter’s mother more than 20 years ago, is scheduled to be in court next week for a re-sentencing hearing, the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said Friday. The hearing comes three years after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling gave inmates like Jensen a chance […]

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Celebration of life planned for Kendrick Castillo, who was killed in the STEM School shooting
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A celebration of life has been scheduled for Wednesday for Kendrick Castillo, the STEM School Highlands Ranch student who threw himself at a shooter to save his fellow classmates. Kendrick Castillo (Photo courtesy of Maria Castillo via Instagram) The memorial will take place at 1 p.m. at Cherry Hills Community Church, 3900 Grace Blvd., in […]

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Teen sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty in Longmont murder case
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Aidan von Grabow today pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing Longmont resident Makayla Grote at her home in 2017 and was sentenced to life in prison, but he will be able to apply for parole after 40 years. Von Grabow, 17, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Boulder District Court Friday morning. The first-degree murder charge […]

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“Life where there was death”: New business hopes to transform Colorado funeral home that allegedly sold body parts against families’ wishes
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The former Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors building in Montrose is about to become home for a new business, which hopes to provide the reeling town a redemption story. The building has remained vacant since the FBI raided the premises just over a year ago. It was between those walls that the former owners allegedly chopped […]

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Colorado Supreme Court upholds state law regarding life sentences for inmates convicted as juveniles
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The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday upheld a 2016 state law related to the re-sentencing of inmates who originally had been sent to prison for life without parole while they were juveniles. The ruling was issued after 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler challenged the law, which affected a handful of state prison inmates who […]

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“He was always happy”: More than 200 gather at Montbello school to celebrate life of 7-year-old boy found dead
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Jordan Vong, a 7-year-old boy getting ready to start second grade this school year, wore a perpetual smile on his face that was contagious, school staffers said Wednesday night at a celebration of his life. On Tuesday, Jordan’s body was found inside his family home in the Montbello neighborhood. A 16-year-old girl, who has not […]

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Evans man receives 224 years to life in child sex assault, internet exploitation case
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An Evans man charged with sexually assaulting an underage Weld County girl, and exploiting dozens of others throughout the country, was sentenced Friday in Weld District Court to 224 years to life in prison. Weld District Court Judge Thomas Quammen imposed the maximum sentence against Zachary Myers, 24, who was convicted in April of 19 […]

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Oklahoma man convicted of 2015 double homicide in Weld, faces life sentence
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Samuel Pinney, 36, of Oklahoma, faces a possibility of life in prison after a Weld County jury convicted him Wednesday of a double homicide in Pierce. For two and a half weeks, the jury listened to attorneys’ competing theories of fake drug deals that led to the deaths of 23-year-old Joshua Trae Foster and 22-year-old […]

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Arvada man sentenced to life for death of girlfriend who he doused with gas, lit on fire
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A 34-year-old Arvada man, who doused his girlfriend with gasoline and lit her on fire in front of her children at a remote backcountry campsite, has been sentenced to life in prison. John Vasquez was sentenced Tuesday in Georgetown for the heinous murder of Christina Archuleta-Blasier, according to the Clear Creek County District Attorney’s Office. Vasquez […]

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Man who killed delinquent Lakewood drug client gets life sentence
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A career criminal who lured a drug customer to a convenience store to settle a bad debt was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for stabbing the man to death. Lawrence Arellano, 40, was sentenced in Jefferson County District Court for first-degree murder after deliberation and conspiracy to commit murder for the January 2017 stabbing […]

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Sentenced to life without parole as a teen, a Colorado man was hoping a state law could help him. A challenge to the law has snagged those plans
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Colorado Department of Corrections Curtis Brooks For years, Curtis Brooks has been in a prison cell awaiting a chance to be released and start a new life. On Wednesday, with an Arapahoe County courtroom filled with family, supporters and a national documentary film crew, the 38-year-old’s chance came to a grinding halt when the Colorado Supreme […]

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