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Romero convicted, expected to get life sentence for murder of 16-year-old

DENVER — A jury found Edward Romero guilty of murder on Monday, in the case surrounding the killing and dismembering of a 16-year-old Denver girl. He is expected to receive a life sentence following the conviction.

Prosecutors said Edward Romero committed the actions in a gruesome attempt to cover up his crime. Romero’s attorneys didn’t dispute that, but they said he was insane when he killed Alicia Martinez.

Martinez was killed after a house party in the 4100 block of Decatur St. in October 2010.

Testimony in the trial took two weeks, and it was so graphic, Martinez’s mother, Vanessa Martinez, said sometimes she could not bear to listen what officials say happened to her daughter.

Romero’s attorney said his client was not guilty by reason of insanity. The claim was that the evil half of a split personality took him over that night. If the jury had found Romero not guilty by reason of insanity, Romero would have been sent to the Colorado Mental Health Institute until he was rehabilitated. At that point in time, he could have been released.

The victim’s family didn’t buy the defense and said Romero was faking his condition.

“It was all one big show,” Vanessa Martinez said.

As she left the courthouse Friday, Alicia’s mother said she hoped jurors will hold Romero accountable for her daughter’s murder. On Monday, she got her wish.

Francesca Pagliasotti, Romero’s wife, already received a 10-year sentence after she was found guilty of helping Romero conceal the murder of the teenager.