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Montoya sentenced to life in prison for murdering girl, 3

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Angel Montoya

Angel Montoya

DENVER – Angel Montoya, a Denver man found guilty of killing his girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole.

Earlier this month, Montoya, 27, was convicted of first degree murder, child abuse resulting in death and abuse of a corpse for the 2007 slaying of Neveah Gallegos.

He also received 48 years in prison for the child abuse resulting in death count and 12 months for abuse of a corpse, but the sentences were ordered to run concurrent with the life term.

According to the Denver District Attorney’s Office, Miriam Gallegos left her daughter in Montoya’s care on Sept. 21, 2007, and then went to work at her job at Sports Authority. When she returned to their Capitol Hill apartment later that day, she found her daughter’s body under a blanket.

Montoya, according to prosecutors, kept telling his girlfriend “I didn’t do it,” but then organized a plan to conceal the crime with Gallegos’ help.

Neveah Gallegos

Neveah Gallegos

Gallegos told a stranger that her daughter had been kidnapped. That stranger –in turn- contacted police, prompting a frantic search.

Meanwhile Montoya, according to prosecutors, placed Neaveh’s body in a blue duffel bag and left the apartment.

Neveah’s body was found three days later under a pile of debris in a west Denver ditch.

Miriam Gallegos is serving 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to negligent child abuse resulting in death.