Man gets life in prison for murder of ex-girlfriend

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A Westminster man was sentenced to life in prison for the strangulation death of his ex-girlfriend.

Christopher Mainock, 25, will serve his life sentence without parole for murdering 20-year-old Westminster resident Sarah Barroga-Hulett. Officials have not yet determined where Mainock will serve his prison term.

Mainock was sentenced April 18 in Adams County District Court.

On March 21, 2011, Mainock abducted Barroga-Hulett by using chloroform to subdue her and drag her to his vehicle where he sexually assaulted her and strangled her to death.

Westminster police responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle near Mainock’s home.

Police found Mainock in the vehicle with the victim partially undressed and unresponsive in the back seat. Mainock was not wearing pants.

Black trash bags were taped on the inside of the windows of the vehicle and a search revealed knives, a bottle of chloroform, twine, a full 6-gallon gas can and matches.

The case went to jury trial Jan. 22 where the defense claimed Mainock suffers from mental illness and was insane at the time of the crime.

A jury found he was sane and convicted him Feb. 1 on charges of first-degree felony murder, second-degree murder, kidnapping and sexual assault.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Sarah Barroga-Hulett,” said Assistant District Attorney Jess Redman.

“Our hearts go out to her family and friends who demonstrated such strong support during the trial. We are very proud of our prosecution team and the men and women of the community who served on the jury and delivered justice to Sarah.”

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