Denver – A man is accused of using an AK-47 to kill a woman and injure her boyfriend while they were walking their dog Convicted of first degree murder and attempted murder on Thursday.
Prosecutors allege that Michael Close, 38, entered into a “oral exchange” with Isabella Thalas, 21and Darian Simon while encouraging their dog to pee outside Close’s apartment near Coors Field on June 10, 2020.
Close pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but the jury concluded that he knew what he was doing when he was shot, The Denver Post reported.
Close public defender Sonia Prinz said Close had suffered a mental break, saying his abusive childhood, a series of job losses, separation and the Covid-19 pandemic contributed to his deteriorating mental health at the time of the shooting.
Close cried when the sentence was read, and so did the members Thalass family.
Thalas’s mother, Anna Thalas, said she felt numb.
“We’ve been waiting two and a half years for this day and what happened there just passed…as fast as my daughter was slaughtered,” she said, crying. “And so was our life forever changed. “