'Relief, Closure': Victim's Family Reacts To Guilty Verdict In Chief Motel Murder

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The family of a murder victim received some closure Thursday after the second suspect was found guilty on all charges.

Still raw two years after her son was left dead in a motel room in south Colorado Springs, Jennie Ramirez praised the jurors for giving her child justice.

"Thank the jury...thank Jesus and thank the jury for everything they did."

Her daughter Lorraine Thorson held her as Jennie cried.

The jury read 51-year-old Santos Torres his verdict Thursday morning. The verdict came just over two years after the body of 59-year-old Michael Ramirez was found at the Chief Motel on South Nevada. Torres' accomplice, Jeannette Silvia, was convicted of first-degree murder last year.

The verdict carries a mandatory life sentence.

"My father passed away on Good Friday, so he didn't get to see this, but I'm sure he's looking down on us and he's happy," Michael's brother Joseph Ramirez said.

Jennie regretted that her husband never got to see both of his son's killers convicted, but said she was relieved her family finally received closure.

"Relief, relief...justice is done for my son...we can get closure now. His dad didn't get to see closure."