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Andrew Ausmus gets life in prison for murder of ex-wife Teresa Ausmus

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Posted at 7:50 AM, Sep 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-29 09:50:09-04

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- A jury has convicted a man of killing his ex-wife and setting a fire at her home after their contentious divorce.

Andrew Ausmus was arrested last October after Teresa Ausmus was found stabbed to death in her Strasburg home.

A passerby saw smoke and flames at Teresa's home and called authorities.

Strasburg and Bennett firefighters battling the fire found someone on the ground in the garage and dragged her out of the home to safety, sheriff's officials said. Firefighters then discovered the woman was already deceased.

Teresa, known as "Terry," had filed several protection orders against Andrew Ausmus during their marriage and even after she divorced him in early 2014.

In April 2014 -- only a few months after the divorce was completed -- Terry Ausmus filed another protection order against her ex-husband. She wrote in court papers that a drunken Andrew Ausmus had called her on the phone and yelled that he was moving back into their Strasburg home. He ordered her to move her belongings from her bedroom.

"He is a large person and I fear for myself that I am in danger if he is allowed back at the house," she said.

A jury found Andrew guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder and first-degree arson. He was immediately sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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