GEORGETOWN, Colo. (AP) — Colorado prosecutors say a 34-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him of dousing his girlfriend with gasoline and lighting her on fire at a campsite.
John Vasquez, of Arvada, was found guilty in April of first-degree murder and other charges in the death of Christina Archuleta-Blasier.READ MORE: Englewood Drinking Water Tests Positive For E. coli, Boil Order In Place
Prosecutors say the couple was arguing at the campsite south of Idaho Springs in June 2016 when Vasquez attacked Archuleta-Blasier. She suffered third- and fourth-degree burns over 60 percent of her body and died 33 days later at a hospital.READ MORE: Police Looking For Clues In 18-Year-Old Julian Evangelista-Short's Homicide
According to prosecutors, Archuleta-Blasier’s two young sons witnessed the attack. One boy received second-degree burns while trying to help his mother.
Vasquez, who claimed the fire was an accident, has a history of domestic violence.MORE NEWS: Some Colorado Landlords Say They're Bearing The Brunt Of The Pandemic's Economic Effects
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