ADAMS COUNTY — Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos pleaded guilty Friday, Sept. 6, to second-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping of a child with a knife in the case of the death of 14-year-old Gabriela Acosta.
The plea agreement for the lesser charges will result in an 80-year sentence, althought the official sentencing hearing won't take place until 9 a.m. Nov. 12 in Division E of Adams County District Court.
Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos, 24, was ordered to stand trial on charges of first-degree murder and sexual assault after a preliminary hearing back in March.
According to Commerce City police, officers received a 911 call from Padilla-Villalobos on Dec. 23, 2012, “who said he had just killed someone, and wanted to turn himself in.” Police say Padilla-Villalobos was cooperative and gave the location of the girl’s body near a stable where Padilla-Villalobos was working earlier in the day.
Acosta was the sister of Padilla-Villalobos’ fiancé, FlorMaria Acosta.