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.
Tolentino Corzo-Avendano will likely face life in prison after a 12-person jury convicted him of all charges Wednesday, including first-degree murder.
The jury made quick work of six guilty verdicts for Corzo-Avendano, deliberating for less than a day and a half after nine days of gut-wrenching testimony. The District Attorney’s Office accused Corzo-Avendano of entering a Fort Collins home in February 2016 and stabbing the two women inside, killing one and leaving the other for dead in a pool of her own blood as her 2-year-old daughter watched in tears.
Corzo-Avendano, 27, sat unflinching as Eighth Judicial District Judge Julie Kunce Field read out the guilty verdict for the first four charges: First-degree murder after deliberation, felony murder, criminal attempt to commit murder and first-degree assault.
It wasn’t until the fifth guilty verdict — first-degree burglary — that Corzo-Avendano broke composure, reaching for a tissue and wiping away tears. The jury also found him guilty of child abuse. Each verdict was unanimous, a legal requirement for criminal charges in Colorado.
Corzo-Avendano will be sentenced Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Larimer County Justice Center, but the murder charges carry a minimum life sentence.
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