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Man sentenced for 2014 Aurora bar fight that left 1 dead, 1 paralyzed

Bryan Montoya, 27, was convicted of second-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault and two more counts after the deadly 2014 fight in Aurora.

AURORA, Colo. — Bryant Montoya, 27, has been sentenced to prison after being convicted of attempted murder in connection with a 2014 Aurora bar fight, the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office said.

After a three-day trial, an Adams County jury returned the guilty verdict on the following charges on August 11:

  • Second-degree attempted murder
  • Second-degree assault
  • Accessory to a crime
  • Third-degree Assault

Montoya was sentenced on September 17 to 32 years in prison for the attempted murder charge, 16 years in prison for the second-degree assault charge, and six years in prison for the accessory charge. The 32-year sentence and the 16-year sentence will be served concurrently. 

Following an altercation in November 2014, Montoya and Ignacio Luque-Verdugo engaged in an fight with a group of men inside the Bronco Bar on East Montview Boulevard in Aurora.

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At one point, Montoya stabbed Andres Cinto-Duran, 28, multiple times in the shoulder and back. In addition, Luque-Verdugo shot a gun multiple times that hit Cinto-Duran in the torso, leg and arms. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. 

Cinto-Duran’s brother was also hit by gunfire and paralyzed as a result. A third man was hit in the leg by gunfire and survived, said the District's Attorney's office. 

Montoya and Luque-Verdugo ran away from the scene after the incident.

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Luque-Verdugo was convicted of first-degree murder and related charges on April 14, 2017, and is now serving a life sentence. 

“I am pleased that both of the men who wreaked havoc on these innocent Aurora bar patrons in 2014 have now been brought to justice,” said District Attorney Brian Mason. “The actions of these two defendants ended the life of one man and forever altered the life of his brother. I want to personally thank the Aurora Police Department and its detectives for their years long commitment to this case as well as to the jurors for delivering a just verdict.”

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