Pair guilty in killing in fall 2012
Two men charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of a man on Orchard Mesa are assured prison sentences after making guilty pleas Thursday.
Aaron Ungles, 26, will serve anywhere from 20 to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder under an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office relating to the October 2012 slaying of 38-year-old Rigoberto Luna.
Ungles’ co-defendant, Nathan Dennis, 28, faces 28 to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to first-degree assault, a sentence-enhancing crime-of-violence charge and robbery.
Ungles and Dennis will avoid life in prison with the dismissal of first-degree murder charges.
The men, along with Dennis’ former girlfriend, Sadie Camis, 28, are accused plotting Luna’s death after a night of partying Oct. 21, 2012. Luna was choked with a lug wrench in the front seat of his own Jeep and robbed of credit cards, according to an arrest affidavit. The affidavit alleges his pants were stripped and the Jeep was stolen.
Luna’s body was discovered Oct. 22, 2012, by passersby, dumped under a tree off 29 3/4 Road. An autopsy showed he died of strangulation.
Ungles originally implicated Dennis and Camis in the slaying, telling them Dennis explained he needed to “get rid of” Luna just after midnight Oct. 21, after becoming upset with Luna for flirting with Camis. Ungles kept a red hat belonging to Luna, while admitting to investigators he took Luna’s debit card and made several withdrawals, according to affidavits.