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Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For 2006 Halloween Party Murder

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Corey Wagner (credit: Adams Co. DA)

Corey Wagner (credit: Adams Co. DA)

BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4)- A man convicted in a deadly shooting at a Halloween party nearly seven years ago has been sentenced to life in prison.

Corey Wagner was convicted last week in Adams County District Court of first-degree felony murder, second-degree murder and burglary in the shooting death of a man at a Halloween party in 2006 in Thornton.

Wagner was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison without parole.

Wagner, 34, was also convicted of second-degree assault and two counts of menacing.

Wagner shot Anthony Montoya in the back at the party at 9200 Aspen St. in Thornton.

Wagner had returned to the party with a gun after he and some friends were forced to leave because of an altercation.

Wagner was initially convicted of the charges in 2008. The conviction was reversed on appeal because of an error in a jury instruction.

“We are proud of the work of the Office of the District Attorney and the Thornton Police Department for their continued pursuit of justice in this case,” said Assistant District Attorney Jess Redman. “These crimes were a horrible tragedy that still impacts the families of the victims and the many young men and women that attended the Halloween party that night. Our hearts go out to them and especially to the family of Anthony Montoya.”

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