GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A Grand Junction woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for murdering a young man and trying to hire a hit man to kill two key witnesses.
There was hardly a dry eye in the room by the time a judge handed down a 144 year sentence for 20-year-old Amy Adamson Wednesday afternoon.
Adamson stabbed 20-year-old Ramon Sandoval in the chest during a heated argument they had back in January. His body was found the next morning lying in the parking lot outside the Orchard Mesa apartment where the incident occurred.
After she was arrested, authorities uncovered a plot by Adamson to pay someone to kill two women who witnessed the stabbing.
With tears in her eyes, Adamson addressed Sandoval's family and friends, telling them "I know you've lost a lot and I will too. I can't say enough that I'm sorry...I know my apology doesn't mean anything to you, but I'm glad I have the opportunity to look you in the eyes and tell you I'm sorry."
Sandoval's family members say they're glad this very dark chapter in their lives is over -- and now that Adamson has been sentenced, the healing process can begin.
"We're relieved that he got justice," said Lisa Espinosa, Sandoval's cousin. "But we feel that both families have lost. Nobody comes out a winner in this. We'll never have Ramon back."
In considering his sentencing decision, Judge Brian Flynn said he felt it was important to protect the community from Adamson.
He told her that during their legal dealings in the past, he believed that she could be rehabilitated back into the community. But after this most recent incident, Adamson proved him "drastically wrong."