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Greeley man gets 96 years in prison for violent, habitual criminal history

Posted on 12/20/2019
Phillip Romero MugshotGREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – A Greeley man with an extensive criminal history was sentenced Friday to nearly 100 years in prison.

In January, a Weld County jury found 43-year-old Phillip Romero guilty of severely beating a woman in his Greeley home in April of 2018.

The victim told police she had been in an intimate relationship with Romero for about two months and had arrived at Romero’s home on April 11th.

She said the defendant began accusing her of being with other men and became extremely angry. He then used wooden decorations in his home to beat her. She suffered a broken leg and bruising all over her body.

The victim also told police that at one point, the defendant grabbed a knife and threatened to stab her several times. He then locked the victim inside his home and wouldn’t allow her to leave for several hours.

She told police she was finally able to escape after about six hours when she convinced him to follow her to the bank so she could get him money she owed him.

In early January, a jury convicted him of the following charges:

COUNT 1: ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE (F3)

COUNT 2: ASSAULT IN THE SECOND DEGREE (F4)

COUNT 3: MENACING (F5)

COUNT 4: FALSE IMPRISONMENT (M2)

Romero was also charged with being a habitual criminal, which is a sentencing enhancer. Friday before he was sentenced, the Court found him guilty of that also.

“This man is a repeat offender and is an extremely violent individual,” Weld Deputy District Attorney Patrick Roche said. “Our job as prosecutors is to serve and protect this community from evil people like Mr. Romero. This community is a safer place without him walking the streets of Greeley, and we’re at peace knowing he will never have the opportunity to torture another innocent person like he’s done in the past.”

Deputy District Attorneys Patrick Roche and Lillie Parker prosecuted this case.