BRIGHTON — The first of two defendants in the 2012 stabbing death of Francisco Moran has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Hector Alvarez-Martinon, 19, was convicted Jan. 31 of first-degree murder in Adams County District Court. He was sentenced Feb. 7 to the mandatory life in prison without parole.
According to Brighton police, officers responded to a report of a stabbing at 6 a.m. Thanksgiving 2012 at Eastgate Mobile Home Park. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Moran walking behind a mobile home, shirtless and covered in blood.
Moran was able to tell two officers that Alvarez-Martinon was his attacker and then lost consciousness. Having been stabbed 64 times in the head, he was transported by ambulance to Denver Health Medical Center where he later died from the injuries.
Alvarez-Martinon and Alex Hernandez, 22, were arrested Nov. 22, 2012, and charged with first-degree murder.
According to evidence presented during the trial, Alvarez-Martinon, Moran and Alex Hernandez were in a Cadillac Escalade driven by Hernandez when Alvarez-Martinon, who was sitting in the rear passenger seat, pulled out a screw driver and began stabbing Moran, who was sitting in the front passenger seat.
The attack continued at the mobile home park after Moran escaped from the vehicle and tried to get away from Alvarez-Martinon and Hernandez.
Hernandez’s trial is set for March 3.
“This was a horrific crime,” said District Attorney Dave Young. “We are thankful for the jury’s attention to this case and we are happy they reached a just verdict.”