A career criminal who lured a drug customer to a convenience store to settle a bad debt was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for stabbing the man to death.
Lawrence Arellano, 40, was sentenced in Jefferson County District Court for first-degree murder after deliberation and conspiracy to commit murder for the January 2017 stabbing death of James Miller.
A jury convicted Arellano, who has seven prior felony convictions, following four days of testimony on June 7, according to a news release by Pam Russell, spokeswoman for District Attorney Peter Weir.
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Arrellano’s co-defendant Charles Joseph Martinez, 34, was sentenced to 28 years in prison in February for a conviction of second-degree murder.
On Jan. 4, 2017, Martinez met Miller at a convenience store in the 1100 block of South Sheridan Boulevard. Arellano hid in the darkness until Miller arrived and then stabbed him in the chest. Miller died from his injuries.
Source:: The Denver Post – News