Man accused of murdering girlfriend sentenced to prison time

Posted: 1:59 PM, Jul 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-13 20:04:57Z

DENVER — A man charged with the murder of his girlfriend was sentenced Thursday.

Jose Vallejo-Cano, 27, was charged with first-degree murder in November 2016 and pled guilty in April 2018 to second-degree murder and second-degree assault. He was sentenced to 60 years in prison Thursday, according to the Denver District Attorney's Office.

On Oct. 29, 2016, the body of 23-year-old Araceli Miranda was found in the back seat of a car in the 4800 block of Kingston Street. She had been strangled to death.

Vallejo-Cano was found hiding nearby and was arrested.

Miranda, a mother of four from Aurora, had been reported missing since that morning by her mother, who was concerned for her safety because her family had received a notification that Vallejo-Cano had removed his monitored ankle bracelet.

He was wearing the bracelet and was out on bond after allegedly assaulting Miranda on Oct. 2, less than a month before her death.