Man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend's sister

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) A 24-year-old man faces 80 years in prison after pleading guilty to the kidnapping and killing of a Commerce City girl.

Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos on Friday pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping of a child as part of an agreement with prosecutors. He had faced first-degree murder charges.

Prosecutors say he killed 14-year-old Gabriela Acosta, who was his girlfriend's sister.

A police affidavit in the case said he allegedly told investigators his girlfriend had asked him to pick up Acosta from their mother's house in Broomfield and that he had thoughts of killing the girl while he was driving. He also allegedly said he had beer and cocaine before the slaying.

Padilla-Villalobos is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 12 in Adams County District Court.

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