Soldier Pleads Guilty To Accessory To Murder

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Fort Carson soldier has pleaded guilty to being an accessory to murder and will testify against a fellow Iraq war veteran accused in a double slaying.

Twenty-one-year-old Army Spc. Rodolfo Torres-Gandarilla will serve a maximum of 12 years in prison in exchange for pleading guilty Monday to being an accessory in the double homicide and an attempted murder.

He agreed to testify against 24-year-old Pfc. Jomar Falu-Vives, who faces first-degree murder charges in the June 6 deaths of 21-year-old Cesar Ramirez Ibanez and 18-year-old Amairany Cervantes. The Colorado Springs couple was gunned down while putting up garage sale signs.

Falu-Vives also faces attempted-murder charges in the May 26 wounding of an Army captain who was shot twice while standing at an intersection.

Torres-Gandarilla is set to be sentenced April 3. Falu-Vives' trial is slated for August.

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