Man sentenced to 23 years for mistaken identity fatality in Pueblo

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PUEBLO, Colo. - The investigation into the death of Isaiah Vialpando came to a close on Wednesday as the man accused was sentenced to over 20 years in prison. 

Leo Montoya, 24, accepted a deal that ended with him pleading guilty to a charge of attempted first-degree murder instead of a charge of first-degree murder. He was also sentenced to 23 years in prison. 

Other things dismissed by the plea deal include a charge of first-degree murder with extreme indifference, a class 1 felony, and a separate drug-related case that was pending against Montoya.

Vialpando, 20, was a victim of mistaken identity and was shot while driving in downtown Pueblo on September 2, 2015. He was apparently driving the same vehicle as someone that allegedly caused Montoya to be paralyzed. 

Vialpando's family called the plea deal "disgraceful" saying that justice hasn't been served in Isaiah's case. 

“My son’s dead and we got the life sentence, he didn’t get the life sentence. All of our family has to deal with this every single day," Robert Cordova, Vialpando's father said. 

Cordova said the only time you'll see him smile is talking about his son. Vialpando is described as a musician and a good man with a loving heart. He wasn't involved in gang or drug activity. 

Following the hearing Wednesday, Cordova walked away unsatisfied. 

“We’re not forgiving him (Montoya), no way.  My son didn't deserve this,” Cordova said.


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