Jury convicts man linked to Aurora bar stabbing by DNA

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AURORA | A 27-year-old man has been convicted of stabbing a man moments before he was shot to death following a disagreement over beer in an Aurora bar nearly seven years ago, according to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

An Adams County jury on Wednesday returned a guilty verdict against 27-year-old Bryant Montoya, who stabbed 28-year-old Andres Cinto-Duran inside the Bronco Bar on East Montview Boulevard in the early morning hours of Nov. 23, 2014, according to a spokesperson for the DA’s office.

Prosecutors said Cinto-Duran was stabbed multiple times in the shoulder and back just before another man, 37-year-old Ignacio Luque-Verdugo, shot him in the torso, leg and arms. Cinto-Duran was pronounced dead a short time later.

Multiple other bar patrons were struck and injured by gunfire during the brawl, and one man was paralyzed.

Montoya and Luque-Verduro both fled the area after the shooting and evaded authorities for months until the latter was arrested in July 2015. Following prosecution led by now-District Attorney Brian Mason, Luque-Verduro was convicted of murder in 2017. He has since been sentenced to life in prison.

Montoya was linked to the crime via DNA obtained when he was arrested on felony drug charges in Arizona several months after Luque-Verduro was convicted in court.

“I am pleased that both of the men who wreaked havoc on these innocent Aurora bar patrons in 2014 have now been brought to justice,” Mason, who was elected to lead the office that oversees north Aurora in 2020, said in a statement.

Montoya was convicted of attempted murder, assault and being an accessory to a crime following a three-day trial.

He is set to be sentenced in Adams County District Court on Sept. 17.

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