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Man who burned girlfriend to death in front of her kids to spend life in prison

Chief Judge Mark Thompson in leveling sentence described the acts of the defendant as, "…senseless, sick, depraved and despicable…"

GEORGETOWN – The man who was convicted of chasing down his girlfriend during a camping trip, dousing her with gasoline, lighting her on fire in front of her children and ultimately killing her will spend the rest of his life in prison.

John Vasquez, 34, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison plus 21 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections after being convicted by a jury of a laundry list of charges, including felony murder stemming from the June 17, 2016 killing of Christina Archuleta-Blasier.

According to court documents, the crime happened in the early morning hours at a wilderness campsite off in the Barbour Forks area of the Arapahoe National Forest, south of Idaho Springs.

The episode started with an impromptu trip by Archuleta-Blasier, her two boys, and Vasquez heading from Arvada to the campground, late at night.

At the campsite, Vasquez was violating his court-ordered terms by drinking, and the argument that led Vasquez to the gruesome act of killing Archuleta-Blasier was over the Vasquez' continued use of alcohol.

Archuleta-Blasier, after being burned, was flown via helicopter to a University of Colorado Hospital Burn Unit with third and fourth-degree burns, which are relatively unheard of and go bone deep. They covered over 60 percent of her body.

She died more than a month later without ever being able to communicate how she was injured.

Archuleta-Blasier is survived by her oldest son and two younger sons; the younger boys both witnessed the incident and tried to rescue their mother, summoning first responders to the wilderness campsite.

The 6-year-old victim suffered second-degree burns attempting to put out his mother who was on fire. He's since physically recovered.

Chief Judge Mark Thompson in leveling sentence described the acts of the defendant as, “…senseless, sick, depraved and despicable…”

Vasquez was convicted of felony murder (arson), first-degree, second-degree murder, assault causing serious bodily injury, child abuse causing serious bodily injury, child abuse, violation of a protective order, criminal impersonation and arson.

To get help in ending the cycle of domestic violence call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Or, go online to www.DomesticShelters.org

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