A Mesa County man is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury found him guilty of multiple charges in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old girl in July 2017.
Israel Jerome Massingill, 22, was convicted Monday of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, patronizing a prostituted child and drug possession in the 2017 fatal shooting of Kiera Breanne Quintana and attempted murder of another 17-year-old girl.
The jury found Massingill not guilty of sexual assault and felony murder.
Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein said the only sentence Massingill can receive is life in prison without parole. However, he said the charges could produce consecutive sentences.
Massingill is set to be sentenced June 14.
"I hope this gives closure and a sense of justice for the families, but there are no winners in a case like this," Rubinstein said.
According to earlier police reports, the surviving victim called Grand Junction police shortly after midnight July 15, 2017, from the Orchard Mesa City Market to report that Quintana had been shot and Massingill had fled on foot.
She told police that Quintana had given her and Massingill a ride to an ATM when Massingill pulled out a gun and shot Quintana in the head and then shot the surviving victim in the arm.
She said Quintana previously gave her a ride to Massingill's house so he could pay her $100.
The victim said she had been intimate with Massingill prior to the night of the shooting, but refused to have sex with him the night of the incident. According to the report, Massingill forced the victim to have sex with him again that night and then agreed to go to an ATM with her and Quintana.
The Daily Sentinel is not naming the surviving victim due to her age at the time of the incident and the fact that she was a victim of child prostitution.