Arapahoe County Judge Elizabeth Ann Weishaupl sentenced Alexander Albayero, 46, of Aurora to 48 years in prison for the 2020 murder of David Guerrero-Rodriguez.
Around 1:45 a.m. on January 3, 2020, Aurora police received a 9-1-1 call about a man lying in an alley in the 1400 block of Havana Street. When officers arrived, they found Guerrero-Rodriguez with multiple gunshot wounds.
According to prosecutors, Albayero and the victim may have been involved in a drug transaction earlier in the evening. Albayero avoided trial by pleading guilty to 2nd degree murder.
“This was an execution-style murder,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Andrew Steers said. “The defendant shot the victim 7 times. This was a senseless act of violence with no apparent motive.”
48 years is the maximum sentence for 2nd degree murder.
Detectives initially connected Albayero to this shooting based on surveillance video showing his car at the crime scene. Authorities later discovered bullets from the scene matched bullets from a handgun that was seized when Albayero was arrested in another deadly shooting just three weeks prior in Adams County.
In the Adams County case, on December 19, 2019, Albayero and his wife were at a nightclub when Juan Manuel Galindo Argumendo reportedly approached Albayero’s wife and asked her to dance. Albayero allegedly became angry over that interaction and asked club employees to kick Galindo Argumendo out.
As Galindo Argumendo left the venue, Albayero followed him into the parking lot and shot him once in the torso. Galindo Argumendo later died at a local hospital.
Abayero was found guilty at trial of 1st degree murder in that case back in March. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“This defendant senselessly murdered two victims in Aurora in a matter of weeks and he deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars,” 18th Judicial District Attorney John Kellner said.
2020CR87 (Adams County)
2020CR1315 (Arapahoe County)