ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A judge managed to keep his cool even though his sentencing was interrupted when a family member of the defendant stormed out of the courtroom on Friday.
The sister of convicted murderer Anton Valdez was not happy to hear that her brother is going to jail for the rest of his life.
Valdez was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The family of the victim will have to have their future without Bernardo Saenz-Perches.
Before sentencing Saenz-Perches’ oldest daughter told the judge how she and her father were robbed of life’s special moments.
Valdez was captured on a surveillance camera inside a Mexican boutique in Commerce City almost two years ago. Prosecutors say Valdez and an accomplice broke into the store where Valdez shot and killed Saenz-Perches and that Valdez left his blood and DNA on a jewelry case.
“In the end Mr. Saenz-Perches, the father of three young daughters, was killed for nothing,” said Prosecutor Patrick Costigan.
The judge also noted the loss suffered by both families.
“There’s nothing that I can do that take the pain away from anybody and there’s a lot of pain on both sides of this room,” said Judge Thomas Ensor.
Now that the husband and father of four is gone forever, his family answered the question of whether justice was served.
“I just hope this man serves his time in jail and thinks about what he did and the pain he caused,” said daughter Alondra Saenz.
The case is not closed as Commerce City police are still looking for the accomplice and the getaway driver.