Man sentenced to life in prison for 2006 Halloween murder

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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — The man who shot and killed a 26-year-old at a Halloween party in 2006 was sentenced to life in prison without parole, according to the District Attorney’s office.

Corey Wagner, 34, was charged with first-degree felony murder, second-degree
murder, burglary, second-degree assault and menacing last week.

Authorities said Wagner shot Anthony Montoya in the back, killing him at a Halloween party in Thornton back in 2006.

Police said Wagner came back to the party with a gun after he and his friends were forced to leave because of an altercation that night.

Wagner was also sentenced to six years in prison for second-degree assault when police discovered that he pistol-whipped Jack Wright prior to the shooting. He was also sentenced to six years in prison for second-degree assault after punching Desiree Dana in the face, and fracturing her jaw.

Wagner was initially convicted of the charges in 2008. The conviction was reversed
on appeal because of an error in a jury instruction.

“We are proud of the work of the Office of the District Attorney and the Thornton
Police Department for their continued pursuit of justice in this case,” said Assistant District
Attorney Jess Redman. “These crimes were a horrible tragedy that still impacts the families of the victims and the many young men and women that attended the Halloween party that night. Our hearts go out to them and especially to the family of Anthony Montoya.”

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