- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a Colorado man to 67 years in prison for orchestrating a home invasion robbery in which the victim was tortured with a blowtorch.

Thirty-two-year-old Julio Francisco Vazquez of Aurora was sentenced Thursday in Arapahoe County District Court.

Prosecutors said Vazquez and two other men bound the victim with packaging tape and inflicted second- and third-degree burns all over his body. The three men and a female accomplice stole a leather jacket, cellphone and other items in the June 2011 robbery in Aurora.

The victim was permanently disfigured.

Vazquez had been convicted on multiple counts, including first-degree assault, aggravated robbery and felony menacing.

His three co-defendants pleaded guilty to various charges and received sentences ranging from 10 to 22 years in prison.


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