LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. – A judge on Thursday sentenced 19-year-old Tanner Flores to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the killing of his ex-girlfriend.
A jury convicted the Berthoud teen Wednesday on charges of first-degree murder and kidnapping.
Flores shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, Ashley Doolittle, and dumped her body on the Western Slope in June 2016. Flores was portrayed by prosecutors as jealous after he and Doolittle broke up during the trial.
Prosecutors say he took his father’s gun, asked Doolittle to meet near Carter Lake, and shot her. But his lawyers had argued Flores didn’t plan to kill her ahead of time.
Flores then drove her body out to near Collbran, on the Western Slope, where he dumped it. But he also told the jury that Doolittle’s murder was not premeditated.
Flores didn’t face the death penalty because prosecutors didn’t declare ahead of the trial they would seek it, which is a requirement in Colorado.