146 years for woman convicted in Sandoval murder, hitman attempts

Amy Adamson

A 20-year-old woman was sentenced this afternoon to 146 years in prison for the January stabbing death of a man, then later trying to hire a hitman to silence witnesses.

In handing down the sentence, District Judge Brian Flynn said a lengthy prison term for Amy Adamson was justified because of the aggravated nature of the death of 20-year-old Ramon Sandoval, Adamson’s actions after the fact and her extensive criminal record at a young age. Flynn said Adamson is “unlikely” to be rehabilitated.

“Some people just make huge errors in judgment,” Flynn told Adamson. “But you really did everything you could to ensure you wouldn’t be here today.”

While returning a not-guilty verdict on a first-degree murder count, a Mesa County jury last week convicted Adamson on second-degree murder, first-degree assault, tampering with evidence, and witness tampering. The charges stemmed from Sandoval’s Jan. 16 death; his body was found in the parking lot of an Orchard Mesa apartment complex. Adamson’s defense had claimed she acted in self-defense, while prosecutors suggested she believed Sandoval may have been flirting with her girlfriend.

In June, she was charged with two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder after prosecutors uncovered a letter written by Adamson to a friend, seeking help in killing witnesses. Jurors also heard Adamson’s voice on a recorded call from the Mesa County Jail attempting to arrange the hits.

Adamson wept this afternoon as she told her friends, family, and Sandoval’s family, that she was sorry.

“I don’t know what I can do further in my life to show that,” Adamson told the court.

Read the full story in Wednesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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