Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202


News Release

October 12, 2023 Contact: Matt Jablow, 720-913-9025

Vincent Tapia Sentenced for Murder

DENVER – Denver District Attorney Beth McCann today announced that Judge Adam Espinosa has sentenced Vincent Tapia to 40 years in prison for second degree murder.  A jury convicted Tapia on August 11.

On April 1, 2022, Tapia was riding in a car with 22 year-old Ricardo Santos, Jr. When their car was involved in a traffic accident, the two men got into an argument and Tapia shot and killed Santos.  Tapia ran off but was arrested a short time later.

“This is another senseless act of violence and further evidence of the tragedy that often results when handguns are used to resolve disputes.  I am very pleased that Vincent Tapia will pay a significant price for his actions that day.   I want to thank the prosecutors and investigators in my office, as well as the detectives with the Denver Police Department, whose hard work on the case has brought a measure of justice to Ricardo Santos’ family,” said DA McCann.

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