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Leadville murderer gets life without parole

Brief by Central Staff

Crime – January 2002 – Colorado Central Magazine

Jerry Garmany of Leadville was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole on Nov. 19 by District Judge David Lass.

In August, a jury found him guilty of stabbing his girlfriend Noreen Byrne to death and seriously wounding her mother, Cora Byrne, on March 26, 1999. The charges included first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and first-degree assault.

Lynda La Rocca of Twin Lakes, a frequent contributor to Colorado Central, served on the jury that convicted Garmany; she wrote about it in the November, 2001, edition of this magazine.

Garmany had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but the jury determined that he had been capable of acting “with intent and after deliberation” when he attacked the two women.