GUILTY! We have a verdict in the Angie Zapata Hate Crime Murder Trial: GUILTY!
Update: Allen Ray Andrade is guilty 1st Degree Murder, and guilty of the bias motivated crime count. Guilty on vehicle theft and identity theft.
0015 PM MDT, he will be was sentenced to life without parole.
We have JUSTICE FOR ANGIE!!!!!!!
We have a verdict in the Angie Zapata Hate Crime Murder Trial. It hasn’t been announced yet — we’re waiting in the courtroom.
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Note from Pam: Autumn will file a detailed on-the-ground report soon; here’s the AP take:
The jury deliberated for just two hours before convicting Allen Andrade, 32, of Thornton. The first-degree murder conviction carries mandatory life without parole, and the conviction on bias-motivated crime carries an extra three years.
The judge set formal sentencing for later Wednesday. It’s believed to be the first prosecution under Colorado’s bias-crime statute for a crime involving a transgender person.
Prosecutors argued Andrade had known for hours that 18-year-old Angie Zapata was biologically male and beat her to death because he disliked gays.
Andrade’s attorney didn’t deny that Andrade had killed Zapata but said had just learned Zapata’s identity after spending hours with her and lashed out without thinking.
When the verdict was read, Andrade put his hand to his chin and wiped his goatee. Zapata’s family let out an audible gasp.