Sentence stands for man convicted of Pueblo murder

By: Associated Press
March 9, 2014 Updated: March 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm

PUEBLO — A Pueblo judge has denied a request by a man convicted of murder to have his 42-year prison sentence reduced by a decade.

The Pueblo Chieftain reported Sunday ( ) that District Judge William Alexander denied 22-year-old Devin Downey's request, noting that the man avoided a potential life sentence with his plea.

Downey was sentenced in February 2013 for the Feb. 12, 2011, death of 45-year-old Pedro Solis-Astorga. Downey struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Police say he was smoking marijuana in a Pueblo park when Solis-Astorga approached him. Investigators also suggested Downey shot the man because he wanted to avoid the disclosure of his sexual activities in the park.

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