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Colorado man gets 48 years in prison for killing estranged wife

Grand Junction Police Department
Posted at 7:17 AM, May 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-31 09:17:44-04

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — A man who shot his estranged wife to death in western Colorado has been sentenced to 48 years in prison.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports 30-year-old Gustavo Olivo-Tellez was sentenced Wednesday for the October 2016 death of 28-year-old Blanca Salas, who was shot four times in the stomach and face.

Prosecutors say Olivo-Tellez killed Salas at her apartment near Glenwood Springs, threw the gun into a river and fled to Grand Junction with his girlfriend. He was charged with first-degree murder but was convicted of second-degree murder after his attorneys argued he was intoxicated and didn't act with deliberation or intent.

Olivo-Tellez is wanted in Michoacan, Mexico, for a pedestrian death about a decade ago. District Attorney Jeff Cheney says Mexican authorities want to prosecute him, but they'll have to wait until he completes his sentence.


Information from: The Daily Sentinel,