From The GLBT Center of Colorado (Denver, Colorado):
GREELEY – Allen Andrade has been sentenced to life plus 60 years for all counts related to murder of Angie Zapata.
Judge Marcelo Kopcow on Friday sentenced Andrade, 32, to the maximum 60 consecutive years for the additional charges in the Zapata murder case.
On April 23, a Weld County jury found Andrade guilty of first-degree murder and a hate crime in the killing of Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old transgender woman from Greeley. At that time, he was sentenced to life without parole.
Because Andrade was a habitual offender with prior felony convictions, the law requires him to be given four times the maximum sentence for the three other convictions related to the Zapata case: a bias-motivated crime, identity theft and aggravated motor vehicle theft.
Andrade on Friday received 12 years for the hate crime conviction, 24 years for the motor vehicle theft and 24 years for the identity theft.
“I’ve observed this trial in its entirety and the tragedy inflicted on the Zapata family has been horrendous,” said Mindy Barton, legal director for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado. “The court, by giving the maximum sentence served consecutively, shows the heinous nature of the crime.”
Justice for Angie and her family is Allen Ray Andrade spending the rest of his natural life in prison. Justice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community — especially the transgender community — was seeing him convicted of committing a hate crime under Colorado’s Bias Motivated Crime statute, and is having Allen Ray Andrade getting sentenced to the maximum sentence for his bias motivated crime.
All these things have now happened in relationship to Andrade’s crime; we now have Justice For Angie, Justice For Angie’s Family, Justice For The LGBT Community, and Justice For The Transgender Community.