Aaron Wilkerson has been sentenced to life without parole after a jury convicted him of all eight counts against him, including 1st degree murder.
The convictions stem from the 2009 slaying death of 50-year-old Robert Piserchio, a well-known businessman.
A jury found 27-year-old Wilkerson guilty on all counts which not only included 1st degree murder and felony murder, but also 1st degree burglary, aggravated robbery, 1st degree arson, conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to commit robbery, and an added count of being an accessory to a crime (Class 1 or 2 Felony).
Some counts were consolidated while the judge aggravated all of the sentences. All counts ran concurrent or merged with the conviction of Felony Murder, which sentenced him to life without parole.
He new sentencing will however run consecutive to other sentences he is currently serving, including 23-years for aggravated robbery in El Paso County.
Successful businessman Robert Piserchio was found dead on December 10, 2009 in his Pueblo home.
Police say the attackers drove from Colorado Springs to Pueblo and went to Piserchio’s Stonemoore Hills home with the intent to rob him. But the robbery went bad.
During the robbery, Piserchio was beaten, stabbed, and set on fire. He died of a heart attack induced by the beating, according to an autopsy.
Seven defendants in the complex case were dealt with. Tenth Judicial District Attorney Bill Thiebaut said in a press release: “Seven defendants in this complex case were dealt with, one by one, by our capable staff with each successful plea or trial verdict supporting the next case-in a staircase prosecution-to get at the truth and for justice to be done.”
Charges ranged from Theft, for those who started the wheels in motion, to 1st degree Murder. Officials say that they were able to have those who were more culpable face more severe consequences than those who were less culpable.
According to district officials, during the trial credible witness testimony was essential, although the only eye witnesses were the perpetrators. Officials say in some instances, witnesses had to be arrested for them to appear in court.
Here is a summary of the sentences (from Theft to 1st degree Murder)
Aaron Wilkerson-Trial-Guilty Verdict-Sentenced to Life in DOC without parole
Acacia Lyndarr-Trial-Guilty Verdict-Sentencing May 7 (Life in DOC without parole)
Matthew Barnes-Guilty Plea-30 years in DOC
Brandon Armijo-Guilty Plea-24 years in DOC
Karen Depierre-Guilty-10 Years in DOC
Elizabeth Abeyta-Guilty-30 months in DOC
Sheena Baker-Guilty 90 days Jail/4 years probation
Here is a more in-depth look at the key suspect convictions:
Acacia Lyndarr, 33, also faces life in prison without parole. She was convicted of felony murder and second –degree murder among other charges of first-degree arson, aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit both burglary and robbery.
Lyndarr was convicted just after Brandon Armijo, 29, plead guilty to aggravated robbery in the case and was sentenced to 24 years running concurrently with 21 years he is already serving from convictions in El Paso County.
33-year-old Matthew Barnes plead guilty to second-degree murder and will serve 30-years behind bars.
District Attorney Bill Thiebaut thanks his capable staff and law enforcement officials who made these convictions possible. “Our success, as always, is measured by the fact that we sought out the truth and for justice to be done; not merely to convict. But convict we did,” said Thiebaut in a press release.
Here is more about who all helped successfully complete the prosecutions.
“In each case, as usual, attorneys and many members of the support staff made this happen. The prosecution team included staff from the Persons Unit, Computer Services, the Investigations Unit and Victim Services. In addition, the contributions of many former and current attorneys and staff members helped set the stage for the success in these cases. And, while the prosecution team prepared these cases (for nearly three years), other staff members stepped up to the plate and assisted in covering other duties” said Thiebaut in a release.
He adds, “We something forget to thank law enforcement for investigating our cases that allow us to success at trial. My personal gratitude goes out to Sheriff Kirk Taylor, Bureau Chief Charlene Graham, and the capable Sheriff’s Office staff (including Detention personnel) who put together this very complicated case.”