Man gets life for killing girlfriend, setting condo complex on fire

Rodney Tucker

Rodney Tucker

THORNTON, Colo. —  A man who stabbed his girlfriend, hid her in a crawlspace inside her condo and set her place on fire got life in prison without parole from an Adams County district judge.

A jury on Monday found Rodney Tucker, 25, guilty of murder, arson and five counts of attempted murder.

On March 27, 2010, the Thornton Fire Department responded to the Star Point Condominiums in the 8700 block of N. Huron St. for a fire that engulfed a large portion of the complex. 

According to fire investigators, at least 12 condo units were evacuated after the fire broke out that Saturday morning destroying six units and leaving families without homes.

Later that day, a body, positively identified as Liberty Ledezma, was found in her condo where investigators say the fire started.

Investigators determined that Tucker set Ledezma’s condo on fire in an effort to conceal the murder.

Judge Chris Melonakis slapped 264 years on top of the life sentence given to Tucker for the attempted murder of those families who were forced to evacuate their homes.

District Attorney Don Quick says, “I want to thank the prosecutors and police officers who worked so hard on this case for nearly three years… on this difficult case.  We are also grateful to the jurors for their service. Our thoughts and prayers are with Liberty’s family, especially during the holidays.”

Story by: Paula Vargas