Grand Junction: Man gets 72 years for fatal shooting at birthday party
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – A 24-year-old who plead guilty to fatally shooting a man during a birthday party has been sentenced to 72 years in prison.
Prosecutors say Michael Simpson of Clifton kicked down the door at the house where the party was happening and fired randomly at the people inside, which included four children under the age of five. Simpson later told investigators he had been drinking and had taken Valium the day of the shooting in July 2009.
Simpson was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. He also initially faced a hate-crime charge for killing 50-year-old Marco Ramon Acosta-Estrella, a Mexico native in Colorado for his granddaughter’s birthday. The hate-crime charge was dropped under a plea agreement.