A Jefferson County jury deliberated for five hours June 20 before finding a Wheat Ridge woman guilty of attempting to murder her husband by setting the family car on fire while he was asleep inside. …
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A Jefferson County jury deliberated for five hours June 20 before finding a Wheat Ridge woman guilty of attempting to murder her husband by setting the family car on fire while he was asleep inside.
Andrea Toni Moreno, 38, was found guilty of attempted first-degree murder, fourth-degree arson, child abuse and violation of a protection order. She will be sentenced Aug. 6.
Arvada Fire was responding to an unrelated call July 20, 2017, when they saw a vehicle on fire in the driveway of 5075 Swadley St., Wheat Ridge, according to a news release.Darrell Gonzales, who had been asleep inside the vehicle, was found standing in the garage, and Arvada firefighters extinguished the fire.
During the three-day trial, the jury heard testimony that Moreno had poured gasoline on the vehicle with Gonzales asleep inside, and then threw a lit match onto the gasoline, causing the front end of the vehicle to burst into flames, the news release said. Her 6-year-old grandson was standing with her as she started the fire, and he child testified to what he witnessed, the release said.
Earlier in the day, Moreno and Gonzales had been drinking and arguing, the release said. Hoping to de-escalate the situation, Gonzales left the house and returned about 9 p.m. He found that his belongings had been thrown out of the house onto the lawn, and that he had been locked out of the house. Gonzalez decided to sleep in the vehicle.
Wheat Ridge Police conducted the investigation and arrested Moreno.
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