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Greeley woman sentenced to life in prison for murder

Jessica Reeves-Burrola was convicted Friday of killing Henry Sandoval in December 2021.

GREELEY, Colo. — A Greeley woman who shot and killed a man and seriously injured another will spend the rest of her life in prison. 

A Weld County jury convicted Jessica Reeves-Burrola, 33, Friday of the following charges:

  • First-degree murder
  • Reckless endangerment
  • First-degree assault
  • Illegal discharge of a firearm

The Weld County District Attorney's Office said on Dec. 30, 2021, officers were called to an apartment on Ash Avenue for a report of a shooting and found two victims: Henry Sandoval, 36, and Ruben Moreno, 46. 

Moreno had a gunshot wound to his left arm and survived. Sandoval had been shot in the abdomen and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. 

“This was a case of revenge, plain and simple,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Anthony Perea said in a statement. “The defendant went to the apartment that night, armed with a gun, and took someone’s life. Henry didn’t deserve to die, nor did the other victim deserve to be shot. The amount of disregard for human life that this defendant has is astounding.”

The DA's office said that several members of Sandoval's family spoke at the sentencing hearing Friday.

“He loved, and he loved very hard,” one of Sandoval's sisters said. “He was taken from his four children and from a huge family that loved him with all their hearts. We will miss him every day.” 

“I got justice here today, but I’ll never have my son here ever again,” Sandoval's mother said.

Reeves-Burrola was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus an additional 32 years for the other charges. 

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