Leadville woman sentenced to 35 years in prison for boyfriend’s murder

Posted at 10:36 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 00:36:57-04

LEADVILLE, Colo. -- A Leadville woman was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for running over her boyfriend with a car and killing him.

Maria Day, 59, was convicted in February of second-degree murder for the July 8, 2015, death of John Alexander Martinez on James Street in Leadville, according to a Lake County district attorney’s office news release.

“After five long years, the family and friends of John Martinez are finally able to have some semblance of justice,” said Assistant District Attorney Johnny Lombardi, lead prosecutor, in the release. “I want to thank the men and women of law enforcement across this state who spent countless hours ensuring Maria Day was held accountable for her brutal and hideous act of violence. Our hearts remain heavy for the Martinez family.”

Day also was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, vehicular homicide reckless driving, and careless driving resulting in death.