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Attorney General John Suthers Announces Sentencing in 13-year-old Estes Park Murder

DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today announced that a Larimer County murder fugitive, Manuel Enrique Muela-Luna, was sentenced to 27 years and 6 months in a Mexican federal prison for the murder of 18 year-old Luis Armendariz in 1992.

Muela-Luna shot Armendariz, burning his body beyond recognition, near Estes Park after he learned that Armendariz intended to move in with his pregnant girlfriend. According to investigators, Muela-Luna had sexually abused Armendariz in previous years and was enraged over Armendariz’s intent to marry.

Attorney General John Suthers and Larimer County Law Enforcement Agencies to make Announcement in 13-year old Murder Investigation

WHEN: Wednesday, April 6, 5005 at 10AM

WHERE: Department of Law
1525 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203

*Please check-in prior to the press conference on the 7th floor.

NOTES: Attorney General John Suthers will be joined by Larimer County District Attorney Larry Abrahamson and Sheriff Jim Alderden in making an announcement regarding a Colorado murder fugitive who had fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution. Family members of the victim will also be in attendance.

Attorney General Suthers Announces Settlement with Blockbuster over "No Late Fee" ads

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today announced that he and the Attorneys General of 46 other states, and the District of Columbia, reached agreement with Blockbuster Inc., to settle allegations that it deceived consumers in the advertising of its “No Late Fee” program beginning in late 2004. In Colorado, the program was in place in 121 company-owned stores and in 4 franchise stores. Blockbuster has agreed to change its advertising and will make refunds or credits to consumers who file a complaint.

Attorney General John Suthers Reacts to Colorado Supreme Court Decision in Auman V. People

DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today issued the following statement regarding the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling in Auman v. Colorado:

“While I am disappointed that the Court reversed the conviction based upon a jury instruction that Ms. Auman’s counsel initially agreed to, I am pleased that it upheld Colorado’s felony-murder statute, and found that as a matter of law, being in police custody does not preclude a felony-murder conviction.

Attorney General John Suthers Announces Dismissal of "Cash Funds" Lawsuit

DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today announced the dismissal of the “Cash Funds” lawsuit filed against Gov. Owens and Treasurer Coffman last year. Suthers relayed the decision in a letter to Gov. Owens, Treasurer Coffman, Senate President Fitz-Gerald and House Speaker Romanoff.

Media Contact Information

DENVER - Effective immediately, Kristen Hubbell is the new Communications Director for the Colorado Attorney General’s office. All media inquires can be directed to (303) 866-5632 or via email at kristen.hubbell@state.co.us.

Attorney General John Suthers Warns Lexisnexis Customers of Potential Identity Theft

DENVER – Attorney General John Suthers today advised LexisNexis customers of a security breach involving the company’s subsidiary, Seisint. The incident involved individuals who gained access to personal information of legitimate Seisint customers.

“The recent incidents of security breaches in Colorado is alarming,” said Suthers. “I urge companies to take extra precautions to protect Colorado consumers from becoming prey to identity thieves.”

Attorney General John Suthers and ATF Announce Joint Initiative with Credit Card Companies to Prevent Illegal Cigarette Sales over the Internet

WASHINGTON, DC – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced a joint public/private initiative in conjunction with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), credit card companies and attorneys general from across the country to prevent the illegal sale of cigarettes over the Internet.

“This initiative is a multijurisdictional approach to protecting children from obtaining tobacco products illegally,” said Suthers. “Working together, this initiative will help keep tobacco products out of the hands of our children.”

Geneva Pharmaceuticals and Abbott Laboratories to Pay $200,000 Civil Penalty

DENVER -- Attorney General John W. Suthers announced today that his Office, in conjunction with the Attorneys General of Florida and Kansas, has settled a lawsuit against Geneva Pharmaceuticals of Broomfield (recently renamed Sandoz Pharmaceuticals) and Abbott Laboratories of Illinois.

In its order of March 7th preliminarily approving the settlement, the U.S. District Court overseeing the case ordered Geneva and Abbott to pay a combined $200,000 civil penalty to the State of Colorado. The settlement is subject to final approval by the Court.

Attorney General John Suthers Warns DSW Customers of Potential Identity Theft and Calls on DSW to Notify Colorado Consumers

DENVER - Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers today advised consumers who have used credit cards to make purchases at DSW Shoe Warehouse stores since October 2004 to contact their credit card issuers immediately. DSW’s parent company, Retail Ventures, Inc., announced yesterday that certain personal financial information of its customers has been compromised. DSW has six stores in Colorado (Littleton, Westminster, Cherry Creek, Broomfield, Lakewood, and Colorado Springs).

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