A Jefferson County jury has returned guilty verdicts for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the cases of three men charged with murdering 28-year-old Cymone Reyna Duran in …
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A Jefferson County jury has returned guilty verdicts for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the cases of three men charged with murdering 28-year-old Cymone Reyna Duran in November 2018.
Abel Candy Gallegos, 36; Alonso Quintana, 28; and Rene Francisco Rosales, 36, were each found guilty of several crimes at the end of a three-week trial that included 50 witnesses and over 400 pieces of evidence.
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Gallegos and Quintana’s convictions included two counts of first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and retaliation against a witness or victim. Rosales was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in the first-degree, tampering with a deceased body tampering with physical evidence.
The men were charged about 10 days after Duran’s body was discovered at the intersection of Nile Street and West Seventh Avenue near the intersection of I-70 and West Colfax Avenue on Nov. 5, 2019.
According to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office, Duran had identified Quintana in a line-up for a shooting she had witnessed in Adams County.
The three men, who were members of a gang, labeled Duran a snitch. Gallegos set up a meeting with him, Rosales and others at a house in Denver. Gallegos then took Duran to a parking lot where he met Quintana and the two men assaulted her in the backseat of a car.
They then drove Duran to Golden where they shot her 10 times before pouring gasoline on her body and setting it on fire. Firefighters responding to a brush fire discovered Duran’s burning body at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 5.
On Jan. 31, Jude Philip McNulty sentenced Gallegos to the maximum possible sentences for all of his nine charges, including the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder. The total sentences for his other added up to another 163 years in prison. 4
“There is absolutely nothing mitigating about this case,” McNulty said to Gallegos in explaining his sentence. “It may be symbolic but I am going to impose the maximum sentence just because you deserve it.”
McNulty also addressed the family of Duran, telling them that “it is disturbing to me that she was murdered because she did the right thing” in stepping up to be a witness in an attempted murder case, before turning his attention to Gallegos.
“I don’t know that there was any regret at all and I don’t think there ever will be,” McNulty said. “A life sentenced is entirely deserved in this case. You can’t live among us anymore.”
McNulty also scolded the family and friends of Gallegos who could be heard crying in the courtroom as he read his verdict.
“We have people sobbing today,” he said. “If there are any tears they should be shed for Mrs. Duran. She didn’t have a choice. Mr. Gallegos did.”
As he was led out of the courtroom, Gallegos turned to his supporters and said to them “I love you all. I’m sorry.”
Quintana and Rios’s sentencing hearings are set for Feb. 24 at 8 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. respectively.
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