DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver woman will be sentenced this summer after being convicted on Wednesday of helping her boyfriend cover up the murder of a teenager.
Francesca Pagliasotti was found guilty of felony accessory to a murder, false reporting to police, and abuse of a corpse.
Her boyfriend, Edward Romero, is charged with killing and dismembering 16-year-old Alicia Martinez after a party in 2010.
Pagliasotti told police she was abused by Romero, was scared of him and was scared for the safety of her children if she talked to police. She testified in detail how Romero ordered her to help him cut up Martinez’s body.
“We still didn’t get an answer on why it all happened,” brother Michael Martinez said.
“To hear what really happened to my daughter is tramatizing and horrible,” Vanessa Martinez said. “I’m just glad they found her guilty.
Pagliasotti is free on bond. She faces up to 12 years in prison when she’s sentenced in July.
“She had a chance to get help. She had a chance to get out of there and she didn’t take it. She was more concerned about helping out Edward then she was about helping my niece,” said Martinez’s aunt Luci Marquez.
Romero’s trial for murder will begin this summer.