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Posted on: August 8, 2018

Wheat Ridge Woman gets 10 Years Prison for Setting Car Fire with Husband Asleep Inside

Andrea Moreno

Andrea Toni Moreno, DOB: 9-10-69, appeared in the Jefferson County District Court on August 6 where she was sentenced to 10 years in prison for setting fire to the family vehicle with her husband asleep inside.

On July 20, 2017 at about 11:30 p.m. Arvada Fire was responding to an unrelated call when they observed a vehicle on fire in the driveway at 5075 Swadley Street, in Wheat Ridge. Darrell Gonzales, who had been asleep inside the vehicle, was found standing in the garage.

Ms. Moreno had poured gasoline on the vehicle with Mr. Gonzales asleep inside, and then threw a lit match onto the gasoline, causing the front end of the vehicle to burst into flames. Her six-year-old grandson was standing with her as she started the fire.

Earlier in the day Ms. Moreno and Mr. Gonzales had been drinking and arguing. Mr. Gonzales left the house, hoping to de-escalate the situation. When he returned later that evening he found that his belongings had been thrown out of the house onto the lawn. He also found that he had been locked out of the house. Mr. Gonzalez decided to sleep in the vehicle.

Following trial in June, a Jefferson County jury found Ms. Moreno guilty of Attempted First Degree Murder (F2); Fourth Degree Arson (F4); Child Abuse (M2) and Violation of a Protection Order (M1).

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