Rodney Tucker gets life sentence in murder of Liberty Ledezma, Thornton condo fire

THORNTON, Colo. - A man accused of killing his fiance, hiding her body and setting her condominium on fire has been sentenced to life without parole plus 264 years in prison.

The fire broke out in a first floor unit at the Star Point Condominiums located at 8701 Huron St. in Thornton in March 2010. The fire damaged six units and displaced the residents of 14 units in the building.

Investigators said they found 22-year-old Liberty Ledezma body's in the crawlspace. Prosecutors said she had been stabbed to death.

"I loved her with all my heart and we were happy," Tucker told 7NEWS in an exclusive interview in 2010. He told 7NEWS that he and Liberty dated off and on for five years and had a daughter together.

The 3-year-old girl was staying with her grandmother when the fire broke out.

On Monday, Tucker was found guilty of murder in the first degree, first degree arson, and five counts of attempted murder in the first degree by an Adams County jury. 

Wednesday, Adams County District Court Judge Chris Melonakis sentenced Tucker to life without parole for the murder of Ledezma.  In addition, the judge sentenced Tucker to a consecutive 264 years in prison for the attempted murders of the other apartment occupants and the arson.

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