Woman gets life sentence for shooting, killing man in 2021

Published on February 21, 2023

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GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – A Greeley woman will spend the rest of her natural life in prison after shooting and killing a man and severely injuring another in 2021.

After a week-long trial, a jury convicted Jessica Reeves-Burrola Friday afternoon of the following charges:

  • Murder in the First Degree
  • Reckless Endangerment
  • Assault in the First Degree
  • Illegal Discharge of a Firearm

On December 30, 2021, officers with the Greeley Police Department were called to an apartment on Ash Avenue for a report of a shooting.

When officers arrived on scene, they located two male victims, later identified as Henry Sandoval and Ruben Moreno.

Moreno had a gunshot wound to his left arm. Sandoval had a gunshot wound to his abdomen and was unresponsive. He was later pronounced deceased at a nearby hospital.

“This was a case of revenge, plain and simple,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Anthony Perea said. “The defendant went to the apartment that night, armed with a gun, and took someone’s life. Henry didn’t deserve to die, nor did the other victim deserve to be shot. The amount of disregard for human life that this defendant has is astounding.”

During the sentencing hearing Friday afternoon, several family members spoke about Henry and asked the judge to impose the maximum life sentence.

“He loved, and he loved very hard,” one of Henry’s sisters said. “He was taken from his four children and from a huge family that loved him with all their hearts. We will miss him every day.”

Weld County District Court Judge Timothy Kerns imposed the maximum life sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections without the possibility of parole

“I got justice here today, but I’ll never have my son here ever again,” the victim’s mother said.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Anthony Perea and Deputy District Attorney Sarah Babb prosecuted this case.

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