Man pleads guilty to killing pregnant girlfriend

Posted at 10:28 AM, Apr 15, 2016

A man accused of stabbing his pregnant girlfriend to death in Pueblo has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The Pueblo Chieftain reports 57-year-old Joseph Romero entered his plea Thursday in the January 2015 death of 25-year-old Phenia Martinez.

A plea deal calls for a 35-year prison sentence.

Investigators say Martinez's young daughters told them the couple had been fighting on Jan. 5, 2015, and that Romero had threatened to kill Martinez. Martinez's body was discovered Jan. 12, 2015, after police searched the couple's apartment.

Martinez, who was eight months pregnant, was stabbed multiple times in the upper torso and neck. She also had a cut across the front of her neck.

Romero turned himself in to police.

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