Nadine Montoya guilty of first-degree murder in Burger King hit-and-run

Nadine Montoya has been convicted of murdering a 49-year-old Aurora woman in a hit-and-run at a Burger King last May.

Montoya, 27, will likely serve life in prison for crushing Lilian Verdonkschot with her Cadillac deVille and then fleeing the scene. The altercation started when Verdonkschot, her daughter and her daughter's friend got into a dispute about a cigarette with Montoya's friend in the drive-thru of the Burger King at Broadway and 6th Avenue.

For more on the case, read "After Lilian Verdonkschot Died, Nadine Montoya Was Charged With a Hit-and-Run. But Was Hate Behind the Wheel?"

Montoya's trial began last Monday in Denver District Court. This afternoon, a jury convicted her of first-degree murder, vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and first-degree assault. She will be sentenced on October 21.

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