Second suspect sentenced to life in prison for trailer park murder

Alex Hernandez (Brighton Police Department)

Alex Hernandez (Brighton Police Department)

BRIGHTON, Colo. – Alex Hernandez, 22, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole Friday in the stabbing death of Francisco Moran.

Hernandez and Hector Alvarez-Martinon, 19, were charged in the death of Moran, who died of multiple stab wounds at the East Gate Mobile Home Park in Brighton on Nov. 22, 2012.

Alvarez-Martinon previously was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole for first-degree murder in Moran’s death.

The victim in the case was in the passenger seat of Cadillac Escalade driven by Hernandez. Alvarez-Martinon was in the back seat and “pulled out a screwdriver and began stabbing Moran, Sue Lindsay of the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said.

Hernandez pulled over at the East Gate Mobile Home Park in Brighton and Moran was able to get out and tried to run away.

Police said Moran was yelling for help as he was chased through the mobile home park by both attackers. Neighbors heard Moran calling for help and called 911.

Officers arrived at the scene 90 seconds later to find Moran walking behind a mobile home shirtless and covered in blood.

When they asked who attacked him, he uttered “Hector Alvarez,” Lindsay said.

Moran was stabbed 64 times in the head, neck and arm. He died after he was transported to Denver Health Medical Center.

“This was a brutal and senseless crime,” said District Attorney Dave Young. “We are thankful for the jury’s attention to this case and we are happy they reached a just verdict. Our community will be safer now that the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison, which is where he belongs.”