On Sept. 6, Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos, 24, pleaded guilty to the kidnapping and murder of 14-year-old Gabriela Acosta in Commerce City.
The illegal alien had been dating the girl's sister.
On Dec. 23, 2012, Padilla-Villalobos was drinking at a bar when his girlfriend called and asked him to pick up her younger sister in Broomfield, according to police.
ABC 7 News reported:
Commerce City police wrote that he told them he started having "bad thoughts" about killing the teenager as he drove her to a family member's home. Padilla-Villalobos pulled over at a horse farm at 8690 Verbena St., where he'd previously done some work.
He parked the truck, leaned over and started strangling the girl, according to the affidavit. Somehow she escaped the truck, the document said, but Padilla-Villalobos caught her and continued trying to strangle her until he decided it wouldn't work.
Padilla-Villalobos then stabbed her multiple times, eventually leaving the knife embedded in the girl's neck.
The Mexican national was originally charged with first-degree murder, as well as five counts of sexual assault. By accepting a plea deal, Padilla-Villalobos avoided a possible death sentence.