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Man sentenced for 2020 murder of father

Benigno Hernandez-Moreno was killed in December 2020 in Commerce City.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — A man has been sentenced in connection with the 2020 murder of his father in Commerce City.

Jorge Francisco Hernandez-Escareno, 27, pleaded guilty in July to second-degree murder in connection with the death of his father, 78-year-old Benigno Hernandez-Moreno. He was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison.

The Commerce City Police Department said around 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2020, they were called to a disturbance on West 65th Avenue. When officers arrived, they found Hernandez-Escareno jumping on top of a parked car in the street. He made some sort of statement that prompted officers to check on a man inside a nearby home, police said.

When officers went inside, they found Hernandez-Moreno dead. He had suffered severe head trauma, prosecutors said.

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Hernandez-Escareno was initially charged with first-degree murder after deliberation in connection with his father's death. In July, that charge was dismissed and Hernandez-Escareno pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. 

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