The 14 Most Shocking Colorado Crimes of April

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Our monthly mug shot roundups typically include photos from a wide variety of crimes.

They range from the minor yet newsworthy (and sometimes even funny) to the serious and shocking.

But in April, we published so many stories about extremely major offenses that they called for a post all their own.

Look below to see booking photos from the fourteen most disturbing crime stories of the month, complete with introductory text from each report and links to our original coverage.

Isaias Villa.
Denver District Attorney's Office

When the fourteen-year-old girl woke up unclothed in bed with Isaias Villa, twenty, he insisted that he'd taken care of her — not taken advantage.

His DNA told a different story.

Villa has now been charged with sexual assault against the teen — though it took nearly a decade to make the case....

Read more in: Isaias Villa Busted for Sex Assault on 14-Year-Old He Pretended Never Happened

Eli Mayfield.
Denver District Attorney's Office

Last month, we told you about a Park Hill shooting that killed a man and injured a woman.

Initial details were scarce, but the gang unit was reportedly on the scene.

Weeks later, more information has emerged.

The man killed was Tarell Burton, eighteen — and a young father, as noted on a GoFundMe page created to raise funds for Tarell Burton III, the son he left behind.

Injured was Bernice Serrano, twenty, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds and (update) remains hospitalized weeks later with terrible injuries.

Moreover, two men — Keon Nixon, 24, and Eli Mayfield, nineteen — have been formally charged in the incident....

Read more in: Keon Nixon, Eli Mayfield Charged With Killing Teen Dad Tarell Burton

Shanna Gossett.
Grand Junction Police Department

Deaths caused by child abuse or neglect are among the most horrific crimes imaginable given the helplessness of the victims.

Consider the cases of Sydney White, who confessed to kicking an eleven-month-old to death, or Heather Jensen, whose two children, ages four and two, died in a running car while she was having sex nearby.

But even when placed in this context, the details about the death of three-year-old Bethannie Johnson contained in an arrest affidavit on view below are absolutely shocking.

Shanna Gossett, Bethanie's aunt and guardian, allegedly confessed to keeping the child in a closet for two weeks and hiding her body under her bed rather than seeking help after she pushed the girl's head into a wall....

Read more in: Cops: Shanna Gossett Put Child in Closet for 2 Weeks, Hid Dying Body Under Bed

Patrick Orozco.
Colorado Springs Police Department

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"I'm about to do something stupid," Colorado Springs's Patrick Orozco reportedly said on one fateful night in November 2014.

And he was right.

Orozco has now been convicted of doing something very stupid, and very deadly — murdering Eugenio Solorio-Gomez, a former lover of the girlfriend who'd just given Orozco the boot two days earlier....

Read more in: Patrick Orozco Before Love Triangle Kill: "I'm About to Do Something Stupid"

Thomas LaPerch.
Golden Police Department

In March 2014, we told you about the arrest of Thomas LaPerch for the murder of William Burchett, a longtime local musician he met via a Craigslist ad.

Now, just over two years later, LaPerch has been found guilty of the crime.

According to the First Judicial District DA's office, the jury deliberated for less than two hours before reaching its verdict.

And now, the 24-year-old LaPerch faces the prospect of a life behind bars....

Read more in: Thomas LaPerch Met William Burchett Through Craigslist Ad, Then Killed Him

David Batty.
19th Judicial District DA's Office

"Let's make one thing clear from the jump," I wrote at the top of this post at the time of its original March 18 publication; we've incorporated material from it in this item. "David Batty hasn't been charged with murder after a dead woman's body was found inside a trunk at his apartment. Not yet, anyway."

That's now changed — but it took the better part of a month for it to happen.

Batty, who was initially being held on parole violations, has been formally accused of murdering the aforementioned woman, subsequently identified as Tonya Lei Webster, the married mother of two kids.

And while the arrest affidavits in the case remain sealed at this writing, we've got additional information about Webster, whose husband says she and Batty knew each other....

Read more in: David Batty Finally Charged With Killing Tonya Lei Webster, Putting Body in Trunk

Joseph Romero.
Pueblo Police Department

It was one of the most shocking and brutal allegations of early 2015.

And now, Joseph Romero, the man at whom the finger was pointed, has acknowledged it was true.

Romero has admitted guilt in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Phenia Martinez, when she was eight months pregnant.

The concession is part of a plea agreement that puts Romero away for a long stretch — and while he will still have a chance to breathe free air again, it's a slim one....

Read more in: Joseph Romero Admits Killing GF Phenia Martinez 8 Months Into Pregnancy

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