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Man convicted of murder of trans woman jailed for another 60 years

PinkNews Staff Writer May 12, 2009
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A Colorado man who beat a woman to death when he discovered her trans status has had another 60 years added to his sentence.

Allen Andrade was originally sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of Angie Zapata, the mandatory penalty for first-degree murder in the state.

On Friday, Weld County District Judge Marcelo Kopcow added another 60 years to his sentence for being a “habitual criminal”.

He was sentenced for three remaing charges: bias-motivated crime, aggravated motor-vehicle theft and identity theft. The designation of being a habitual criminal means a sentence of four times the maximum for each conviction.

The jury took just two hours to reach their verdict that he murdered Ms Zapata. He bear the 18-year-old to death in her apartment.

The pair had met on a dating website and spent the night together. He claimed he flew into a rage when he “discovered” she had been born male.

Her body was found hidden under a blanket at her apartment in Greeley by her sister.

Ms Zapata began living as a woman when she was 16 and had wanted to dress in a feminine style since the age of seven.

After Andrade was sentenced his victim’s mother said:

“The one thing he can never take away is the love and memories that me and my children will have of my baby, my beautiful, beautiful baby.”

Andrande told police he had hit Ms Zapata twice in the head with a fire extinguisher and thought he had “killed it” before hitting her again as she tried to stand up.

He then struck her a third time with the fire extinguisher and also took her purse, keys and phone before fleeing in her 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser.

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