FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2009
The GLBT Community Center of Colorado
GREELEY – Allen Andrade has been sentenced to life plus 60 years for all counts related to murder of Angie Zapata.
Judge Marcelo Kopcow on Friday sentenced Andrade, 32, to the maximum 60 consecutive years for the additional charges in the Zapata murder case.
On April 23, a Weld County jury found Andrade guilty of first-degree murder and a hate crime in the killing of Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old transgender woman from Greeley.
At that time, he was sentenced to life without parole.
Because Andrade was a habitual offender with prior felony convictions, the law requires him to be given four times the maximum sentence for the three other convictions related to the Zapata case: a bias-motivated crime, identity theft and aggravated motor vehicle theft.
Andrade on Friday received 12 years for the hate crime conviction, 24 years for the motor vehicle theft and 24 years for the identity theft.
“I’ve observed this trial in its entirety and the tragedy inflicted on the Zapata family has been horrendous,” said Mindy Barton, legal director for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado. “The court, by giving the maximum sentence served consecutively, shows the heinous nature of the crime.”
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