Tolentino Corzo-Avendano has been accused of stabbing Sara Mondragon and fatally stabbing Kathy Mondragon in Fort Collins on Feb. 9, 2016. His trial began July 24.
Sara Mondragon’s world was black.
On a frigid night in February 2016, she lay on her stomach on the wood floor of her Fort Collins bedroom, numb and bleeding from multiple stab wounds. She couldn’t move or see.
Then her 2-year-old daughter grabbed her hand.
“I wasn’t numb anymore as soon as I felt her little hand,” Mondragon said through tears Thursday before a jury at the Larimer County Justice Center. “She kept telling me, ‘Come on, Mom.’”
Mondragon, star witness in the murder trial of 27-year-old Tolentino Corzo-Avendano, entered the room in a wheelchair and limped to the stand clutching a cane. Attorneys asked her to recount the night she said plays in her head like a movie on repeat: the night she said Corzo-Avendano stabbed her and killed her grandmother, 61-year-old Kathy Mondragon.
Corzo-Avendano will likely face life in prison if he is found guilty of first-degree murder. His co-defendant, 43-year-old Tomas Vigil, took a plea deal and testified against Corzo-Avendano to secure a 10- to 24-year sentence for the part he played in the events.
Vigil was previously charged with 20 counts, including first-degree murder, but pleaded guilty to…
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