The man police say kidnapped and burned his cousin’s ex-boyfriend with a hot knife in Loveland in 2017 was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Monday.
Eric Madaleno committed the crime to teach the victim a lesson, according to testimony at his preliminary hearing in April.
Madaleno’s cousin Mariah Aragon, who is also known as Mariah Madaleno, had broken up with her boyfriend to be with a man she had previously been in a relationships with, Jaime Galvan. Aragon and Galvan are Madaleno’s co-defendants in the case.
According to previous testimony, the victim asked Madaleno to arrange a meeting with Aragon so they could talk about getting back together. Investigators say Madaleno, Aragon and Galvan kidnapped the victim under the guise of a meeting.
After Aragon accused the victim of “torching” her and her child while they were dating, investigators say Galvan and Madaleno took him into a side room, took his belongings and beat him with a metal rod before using a torch to heat up a “pirate-style knife” and burn parts of his body.
Investigators found a metal rod, a knife and a butane torch matching the descriptions in Madaleno’s home, investigator Chris Wenrick of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said during Madaleno’s April preliminary hearing.
The burns were so severe that the victim had to be treated at the Anschutz Burn Center in Aurora.
Madaleno pleaded guilty to first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, a Class 3 felony, on Dec. 3 as part of a plea agreement encompassing four criminal cases in Larimer County. Two charges related to the 2017 kidnapping along with two other criminal cases against him were dismissed as part of that agreement.
He was given a stipulated sentence of 14 years in prison with five years parole for the kidnapping case. Through his plea agreement, Madaleno also pleaded guilty to illegal discharge of a firearm, a Class 5 felony, related to a September 2017 offense. He was sentenced to three years in that case, which will be served concurrently with his 14-year sentence, as well as two years parole.
Madaleno has three open criminal cases in Weld County, where he faces charges of second-degree assault, motor vehicle theft and possession of a controlled substance, among other charges. He has dispositions scheduled for those cases on Feb. 4.
The cases against Aragon and Galvan are ongoing.
In October 2018, Galvan pleaded not guilty to second-degree kidnapping, a Class 2 felony, as well as first-degree assault and aggravated robbery, both Class 3 felonies. His January 2019 jury trial was vacated, and a new trial has not been set. His next court appearance is a disposition hearing scheduled on Jan. 27.
Aragon — who is charged with second-degree kidnapping, a Class 2 felony; first-degree assault, a Class 3 felony; and robbery, a Class 4 felony — is currently in jail custody in Weld County after failing to appear for a Dec. 19 disposition in Larimer County as well as a Dec. 12 appearance in Weld County for charges including attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony. A warrant was issued for her arrest, and she was taken back into custody on Dec. 26.
Her next court appearance in Larimer County is scheduled for Jan. 30. Her next appearance in Weld County is scheduled for March 26, according to online courts.
Aragon’s Dec. 26 arrest is the third time she has been rearrested in the case, according to online court records. A warrant was issued for her arrest in June 2018 after she failed to appear for a disposition hearing. She was detained on that warrant in July 2018. In September 2019, a failure to comply warrant was issued. She was detained on that warrant on Oct. 22, 2019.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Arrests and charges are merely accusations by law enforcement until, and unless, a suspect is convicted of a crime.
Coloradoan reporter Sady Swanson contributed to this report.
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