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Plea agreement nets 30 years for final suspect after Colorado Springs teens’ deaths

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Marco Garcia-Bravo, one of multiple people accused in the plot that resulted in the execution-style deaths of two Colorado Springs teens, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison after a plea agreement was accepted Monday morning.

Prosecutors had said Garcia-Bravo was one of the alleged shooters who killed Natalie Partida and Derek Greer back in 2017 along a rural road south of Colorado Springs.

When Garcia-Bravo was put to trial earlier this year, a jury wasn't able to return verdicts on multiple charges of murder and kidnapping. During that trial, he was found guilty of accessory to crime.

But before prosecutors lined up a second date to retry him on counts of murder and kidnapping, a plea deal was made. Under the plea deal, Garcia-Bravo pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.

Monday, the court accepted the plea deal and a judge sentenced Garcia-Bravo to 30 years in prison.

During the sentencing, an unemotional Garcia-Bravo sat just feet away from multiple family members as they spoke in front of the judge of how unfair this sentencing is.

Natalie's mother Tamara Partida reiterating their disappointment shortly after the sentencing.

"Two innocent children who had their whole life ahead of them and it was only worth 30 years," Partida says. "That's sad, very sad and I don't think it's justice but it's the only justice we are going to get."

However, in her own words, Partida says they are "lucky" to have this sentence, following Garcia-Bravo's recent mistrial, revealing to KRDO why a plea agreement was met.

"Some of the witnesses were talking in the jail system and they didn't feel like they would have a good chance and that he might walk away," Partida says. It's a chance her family and the District Attorney's Office did not want to take.

While Garcia-Bravo is sentenced to 30 years in prison, the judge said Monday since he has been behind bars for about four years already, and that will be taken off the sentence. At this point spend another 26 years in prison. It's also possible that could be shortened even further with good behavior, meaning in these families' lifetimes, he could be back out in the public.

According to court documents, Partida and Greer were killed in a revenge plot for an alleged robbery. Partida was lured to the car by several people, including the other accused gunman Diego Chacon. Greer happened to be with Partida at the time and was taken along. Both of the teens were shot dead outside of the car on Old Pueblo Road.

Chacon pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 65 years in prison.

The Partida and Greer case doesn't end here. There are still three other suspects that have to be sentenced. Gustavo Marquez, Joseph Rodriguez, and Alexandra Romero have all been convicted but await sentencing, according to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

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Andrew McMillan

Andrew is the Digital Content Director for KRDO.com. Learn more about Andrew here.

Chase Golightly

Chase is a reporter and an anchor for our weekend evening newscasts. Learn more about Chase here.

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