Attorney General announces arrest, prosecution of three Mexican nationals in 2006 Montrose murder

DENVER — Attorney General John Suthers announced today that the work of his office’s Foreign Prosecutions Unit has resulted in the arrest of Miguel Godinez (DOB: 2/21/1978), Gilberto Godinez (DOB: 6/5/1978) and Luis Partida (DOB: 8/23/1986) in Nayarit, Mexico in connection with the 2006 murder of 25-year-old Marco Antonio Vargas-Salvador in Montrose.

“We certainly are pleased that our work in conjunction with the Mexican and Montrose authorities has resulted in arrests in this years-old case,” Suthers said. “We look forward to the Mexican authorities bringing justice to the victims of this crime.”

Vargas-Salvador was killed the night of October 28, 2006 following a confrontation outside the Costa Alegre Bar in Montrose. During his confrontation, the Godinezes and Partida are suspected of shooting Vargas-Salvador twice in the head. Following the incident, the Godinezes and Partida fled to Mexico.

According to documents filed with the Mexican courts, the three suspects will be tried in Mexico under Article IV of the Mexican Penal Code, which allows for non-Mexican law enforcement agencies to request that Mexican authorities prosecute Mexican nationals who commit crimes in other countries but flee to Mexico. The Office of the Attorney General has worked with Colorado law enforcement in the past to bring cases in Mexico when appropriate.

The arrests in Nayarit, Mexico followed days of surveillances to confirm that the three were the suspects in the Vargas-Salvador murder. The three suspects have appeared before a judge in the 1st Federal Criminal Justice District to be advised on the charges against them, first-degree murder committed in a foreign country.

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