COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Prosecutors are no longer pursuing the death penalty for a 23-year-old man accused of being one of two gunmen in the March 2017 killings of two Coronado High School students.
Fourth Judicial District Attorney Dan May said his office decided to abandon the death penalty as a sentencing option against Marco Garcia-Bravo of Colorado Springs, The Gazette reported Monday.
Garcia-Bravo is scheduled for trial beginning July 17 in the fatal shootings of 16-year-old Natalie Cano-Partida and 15-year-old Derek Greer.
May’s office said the students’ families no longer support pursing capital punishment as a penalty option.
In March, Gov. Jared Polis signed a death penalty repeal bill into law and commuted the sentences of all three men on Colorado’s death row. The repeal law applies to offenses charged starting July 1.
“The families believe that continuing to pursue a death sentence in this case is meaningless and will unnecessarily prolong the proceedings,” May said in a court filing obtained by The Gazette. “It is clear to them that the governor has stated he has no intention of accepting a jury’s decision if a death sentence is imposed.”