Pagliasotti gets 10-year sentence for concealing murder of 16-year-old

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Francesca Pagliasotti

Francesca Pagliasotti

DENVER — A woman who was found guilty as an accessory to murder for aiding in the dismembering of 16-year-old Alicia Martinez was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.

Francesca Pagliasotti, 25, was found guilty in March of aiding her husband, Edward Romero, in concealing the murder of Martinez, which occurred after a house party in October 2010. Police said Pagliasotti helped in cleaning the bloody crime scene and chopping up Martinez’s body at 4148 Decatur Street and then lied to authorities about it.

Pagliasotti faced a maximum sentence of 12 years. Romero, who goes by Tim, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder by reason of mental insanity in June. A psychiatric examination is pending.

Prosecutors said Romero showed up at the home of Martinez’s mother offering to aid in a search for the girl he shot her in the head twice. Prosecutors do not believe Pagliasotti, who was dating Romero at the time of Martinez’s death, played a role in the shooting.