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Judge adds 60 years to Andrade’s life sentence for transgender slaying

A judge sentenced the man convicted of killing transgender Greeley teen Angie Zapata to an additional 60 years in prison on top of a life sentence without parole already handed down last month. Finding Allen Andrade, 32, guilty of habitual criminal charges based on his six prior felony convictions, Weld County District Court Judge Marcelo Kopcow on Friday afternoon quadrupled the maximum sentences for each of Andrade's convictions on three other crimes surrounding the murder, including a bias-motivated, or hate crime.

Hate-crimes prosecution could yield ‘mixed bag’ for Senate candidate Buck

Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck's landmark hate-crime prosecution of a man accused of murdering a transgender Greeley teen could prove "very much a mixed bag" for the Republican, who emerged Tuesday as a candidate in the 2010 U.S. Senate election, political observers say.

Buck poised to enter Senate race astride two controversial prosecutions

The day after Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck appeared before a roaring crowd on the steps of the State Capitol at a Tea Party protest, the veteran prosecutor was back in court, leading the charge on two of the more contentious prosecutions Colorado has seen in the last year.

Post, Tribune endorse adding sexual orientation to federal hate-crime law

In the wake of Colorado's first successful prosecution of a hate-crime law against the killer of a transgender murder victim, both The Denver Post and The Greeley Tribune say it's time to pass national legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal anti-bias laws.

Polis praises verdict in Zapata murder: ‘zero tolerance for hate crimes’

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who was elected to Congress in 2008 as an openly gay man, urged the passage of pending federal hate-crimes legislation in the wake of Wednesday's conviction on murder and bias-motivated, or hate-crimes charges of the man accused in the brutal death of Angie Zapata, a transgender Greeley woman.

Zapata family after verdict: ‘Justice was achieved for my sister today’

Surrounded by family and fighting back tears, Gonzalo Zapata expressed grief over the loss of his sister and anger at the man convicted earlier Wednesday afternoon in the death of Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old transgender woman who was bludgeoned to death by Allen Andrade last summer in her Greeley apartment.

Anti-violence groups applaud Andrade murder and hate-crime convictions

A state group dedicated to fighting violence against gays cheered the guilty verdict handed down Wednesday against a man accused of beating to death an 18-year-old Greeley transgender woman in her apartment last summer.

BREAKING: Andrade sentenced to life without parole in Zapata killing

GREELEY — A man convicted Wednesday of using a fire extinguisher to crush the skull of a transgender Greeley woman was sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole just over an hour after a jury returned guilty verdicts on all four counts charged, including first-degree murder and hate-crime charges. Weld District Judge Marcelo Kopcow imposed the mandatory life sentence on Allen Andrade, 32, for murdering Angie Zapata, 18, last summer in Greeley.

BREAKING: Andrade guilty on 1st degree murder, hate crime charges in...

GREELEY — In an unusually swift decision, a jury on Wednesday afternoon delivered guilty verdicts on all four counts -- including first-degree murder and hate-crime charges -- filed against a Thornton man accused in the brutal slaying of 18-year-old Angie Zapata, a transgender Greeley woman. The jury reached its decision after less than two hours of deliberation, casting aside defense arguments that Allen Andrade, 32, "snapped" and beat the teen to death with a fire extinguisher after he discovered Zapata was transgender.

Prosecutor: Accused Zapata killer didn’t ‘snap’ at transgender ‘deception’

GREELEY — A man who told his girlfriend "gay things must die" — as he sat in jail accused of bludgeoning an 18-year-old transgender woman to death with his fists and a fire extinguisher — was laughing and joking and didn't really mean it, a defense attorney told jurors Thursday as the trial of Allen Andrade got under way. "This case is not about a judgment of lifestyle," public defender Bradley Martin said in opening remarks. "This case is about a deception and the reaction to that deception."