Thomas Garcia sentenced for the strangulation of Karen Morales in Denver

A Denver man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the assault and strangulation of his girlfriend.

Thomas Garcia, 41, was sentenced on March 17 after the body of Karen Morales, 38, was found in a residence on the 2500 block of South University Boulevard, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.

On January 23, 2020, Garcia called 911 to report that Morales was not breathing after “they fought,” according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.

Rescuers found Morales, deceased, lying on a mattress with a ligature mark on her neck, prosecutors said. She had bruises on her face and a laceration on her forehead. A belt was under his neck and tangled in his hair. Physical evidence indicated that she was probably long dead.

On Jan. 17, a jury found Garcia guilty of attempted murder, first-degree assault – strangulation and second-degree assault, all felonies, the statement said. An initial charge of first-degree murder was dropped after the Denver medical examiner’s office was unable to determine the cause of death.


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