Man sentenced to life in prison for child's death


DENVER (AP) — A man convicted in the death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old-child is sentenced to life in prison.

Angel Montoya was sentenced Tuesday to a life sentence without parole in the death of Neveah Gallegos in 2007. Last week, Montoya was found guilty of first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death and abuse of a corpse.

Montoya's lawyer maintains Montoya is innocent and intends to appeal. Neveah's mother, Miriam Gallegos, pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death and is serving a 12-year-sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Prosecutors say Montoya killed the child while Gallegos was at work and that the couple conspired to cover the crime by disposing of the body in a ravine in September 2007. The couple had told authorities the girl was missing.

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