Man who strangled his 18-year-old girlfriend to death in Aurora motel is sentenced to prison

A man has been sentenced to 48 years in prison for strangling his 18-year-old girlfriend to death in an Aurora motel room.

Arturo Garcia, 24, was sentenced Thursday in Arapahoe District Court for the 2017 death of Alexandrea Victoria Raber, according to the district attorney’s office.

Raber and Garcia were in a relationship in which Garcia had a history of domestic violence, a news release said. Garcia was on probation for hurting Raber when he strangled her.

“This was a domestic violence power-and-control relationship, and (Garcia) exercised the
ultimate power over her when he killed her,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Gary Dawson told the court, according to the release. “There is an extraordinary history of domestic violence.”

A maid found Raber’s body in the motel room on July 2, 2017, and called 911 for help. Aurora police found Garcia’s driver’s license and numerous court documents from his prior case, including the probation paperwork and the protection order forbidding him to see her, in the room.

After the killing, Garcia fled to Mexico, where he was arrested in February 2019. He pleaded guilty on April 7 to second-degree murder. Other counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

“This defendant previously pleaded guilty to hurting Ally. He admitted that abuse and could
have used that opportunity to learn from his mistakes,” said District Attorney John Kellner, in the release. “He chose not to take the path of rehabilitation, and instead he killed Ally – by all accounts an extraordinary young woman with great things in front of her.”

Arapahoe District Court Judge Shay Whitaker sentenced Garcia to the maximum 48 years in prison on the murder count. Garcia was also sentenced to 12 years in a “tampering with a witness” case where his felony probation was revoked. The sentences will be served consecutively.

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