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Joseph Castorena is convicted of quadruple homicide in Colorado

2024-05-31T15:33:18+00:00
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  • Joseph Castorena is convicted of murder.
  • He ruined his ex-girlfriend’s life.
  • He killed four people.

Joseph Castorena could face four life sentences without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of murdering three members of his ex-girlfriend’s family and her neighbor.

«We were not going to let a cold-blooded coward get away with murder,» said Assistant District Attorney Darcy Kofol at the end of the hearing.

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«It was my honor to prosecute this case and help bring justice to the victims’ families,» she added.

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Joseph Castorena is convicted of quadruple homicide

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The brutal murder shocked Aurora, Colorado in 2022.

Nearly two years after the tragedy, the relatives of María Anita Serrano, Jesús Serrano, Ken Luque and Rodolfo Pérez are beginning to get some justice.

Castorena had a restraining order against him when he decided to enter his ex-girlfriend’s house without authorization. He hid in the house, waiting to ambush her.

Castorena’s ex noticed his keys in her bedroom and called 911.

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She was still talking to the 911 operator when the gunshots were heard, prompting an immediate response.

When the officers arrived at the scene they found four lifeless bodies, including that of his ex-girlfriend’s twin sister.

Her brother, another relative, and the man who rented a trailer in the family’s backyard were also killed.

«In the blink of an eye, Mr. Castorena destroyed many lives,» said Assistant District Attorney Lauren Raible about the shooting.

Joseph Castorena fled to Mexico

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After the shooting, Joseph Castorena fled to Mexico.

Colorado authorities offered up to $15,000 for information about his whereabouts.

In December 2023, in a joint effort between Mexico and the United States, he was located at a distant relative’s house in Aguascalientes.

From there, he was extradited to Colorado to pay for his crime.

Now Joseph Castorena is behind bars

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«After today’s verdict, he deserves to spend every last second of his life behind bars,» added District Attorney John Kellner.

He explained that according to Colorado law, each first-degree murder conviction carries an automatic life sentence without the possibility of parole.

The sentencing for this case has been scheduled for September 3, 2024.

Will he rot in jail forever?

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