Both suspects in cold case murder from 2000 now serving prison sentences

DENVER - Thirteen years after a disabled woman was stabbed to death, both of the people involved in the murder are now serving prison sentences.

Lynn Kimbrough, a spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office, said Marie Lynn Marone admitted to accepting money orders stolen from the victim and disposing of evidence related to the murder. She also misled investigators during the original investigation.

Renee Ealy, 36, was found in her apartment in the 1100 block of South Cherry Street in June 2000. She had been stabbed to death.

Marone was sentenced to serve 40 years in prison for her involvement in the case.

The other murder defendant, John Vasquez, was convicted last year of first-degree murder after deliberation and first-degree felony murder. Vazquez is now serving life in prison without parole.

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