A Thornton man will spend 34 years in prison for the murder of his girlfriend.

According to Denver7, the murder occurred in November of 2018, when 24-year-old Jonathan E. Akin and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Autumn Rivera, got into a heated argument at a nightclub during her birthday celebration.

Rivera texted her sister about the fight after leaving the club.

Later that night, Akin stabbed Rivera nine times in the torso, killing her. He then put her body in the trunk of his car and drove to see his mother in Wyoming.

Akin told his mother what he had done and confessed to the police shortly after.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in January of this year. On Wednesday (August 26), Adams Country District Court Judge Priscilla Loew sentenced Akin to 34 years in prison.

"She suffered a horrific death," said Loew of Rivera, who prosecutors said fought for her life during the attack. "There's no replacing the life that was lost."

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