Andre Jackson Found Guilty in Brutal Cold Case Rape and Murder

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Andre Jackson. Additional photos and more below.
Last year, we told you about three arrests in a cold case from one of our periodic posts about unsolved murders: the horrific rape and murder of Jacqueline Gallegos. We also spoke with Gallegos's son, Anthony, who called for the killers to receive the death penalty.

In the end, prosecutors didn't pursue the death penalty against the trio charged: Andre Jackson, Samuel Sims and Jackie McConnell. But Jackson has now been convicted and faces life without the possibility of parole -- and the fate of the other two men should be determined soon. Details below.

See also: Andre Jackson among trio busted for Jacqueline Gallegos's shocking cold-case murder

Here's the personal story about the Gallegos case as shared on the invaluable website Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons:

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Jacqueline Gallegos.
Jacqueline Collette Gallegos, 28, graduated from Great Bend (KS) High School. Next to the oldest of seven children, she loved music, dancing and being with friends. Jackie liked to write poetry and was a fantastic artist drawing caricatures and animals. She was the devoted mother of five children: Anthony, Luis, Robert, Monique and Lorena. Jackie was outgoing and would "take in the underdog anytime," according to her mother, Linda Atz. On July 12, 1994, Jackie was visiting at a friend's home when, according to a witness, intruders posing as federal agents forced their way into the house. Jackie was bound, raped and sodomized; they cut her throat and stabbed her over 30 times. Another person was also killed but the one they were apparently after survived. No one has ever been apprehended for this crime.
As we reported in our previous post, the indictment against Jackson (nicknamed "Dre"), Sims (known as "Sparky") and McConnell provides more information, much of it brutal. The complete document is on view below, but here are the disturbing details.

About 4:30 a.m. on July 12 [the mention of "June" is a misprint], the indictment says Denver police officers and paramedics from Denver Health arrived at 3234 Larimer Street to find a man named Mack Martinez lying in the entryway of the home. His ankles were bound and he was badly hurt.

Further inside, they discovered two more people: Nelson Swiggett and Gallegos. Swiggett's ankles were also bound, and he had suffered multiple stab wounds. Gallegos, for her part, was found lying naked in a bedroom with what was described as "a sharp force injury to her throat."

Both Swiggett and Gallegos died of their injuries, but Martinez, described as a "suspected drug dealer," survived and was able to tell police what happened. According to him, five or six intruders -- one with a shotgun -- forced their way into the home at about 3 a.m. Their faces were covered and they wore dark clothes.

The men ordered Martinez into the bedroom and demanded money and drugs -- and their methods of persuasion were severe. After his eyes were covered, he's said to have been tied up and tortured with a wire hanger and a knife, with the latter being used to make a cut on his throat.

Gallegos was in the same room, and Martinez said that as he was being abused, he could hear three male voices and the sound of her being sexually assaulted.

Swiggett was in another part of the house. Martinez recalled hearing him "being beaten and begging for his life," the indictment says.

Continue for more on Andre Jackson's conviction in Jacqueline Gallegos's murder, including additional photos and the indictment.



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ObamaNazi
ObamaNazi

yes, they all voted for Barry Hussein Obama.

Alexander Klaus Manneck
Alexander Klaus Manneck

Cut his shit off! If someone rapped my mom or anyone i love....i would go to prison after mutilating his ugly ass. God he is ugly. He can only rape to get some. What a fool. The flames will cook his rotten soul.

sbrunningman2
sbrunningman2

With this, the Chuck E Cheese murderer and the Aurora theater shooting, how can you be against Capital Punishment?

I would volunteer in any capacity, knowing I had eliminated a menace, and threat, to my fellow man.

Lydia Cabrera
Lydia Cabrera

No rehab for people like this. Kill it before it makes children.

Christopher D. Ortiz
Christopher D. Ortiz

Death they will rape and murder in prison to. girls life had value they took used items and jewelry not worth murder.

John Elliott
John Elliott

Gut him like a fish in the middle of Civic Center Park

Jason Gray
Jason Gray

Have some mother fuckers rape them and then finish them off with firing squad.

WhiskeyPhillips
WhiskeyPhillips

@sbrunningman2  Damn it, I know they say never read the comments but I messed up. Okay so, summarizing a whole shitton of research in about a sentence: States without capital punishment have lower rates of homicide because 1: death trial cases cost the state more than what it costs to house an inmate for life. 2: Capital punishment does not deter homicide, in fact states with the penalty have higher rates because offenders know what they're up against. Truth is, capital punishment is solely an emotional comfort for people who are pissed about the crime and no actual benefit to society vs life without parole.

WhiskeyPhillips
WhiskeyPhillips

You possibly had a point but threw it away by sounding like every other trite, pissed off person ever.  Putting fault on future kids? Dude, what the hell? Calm your tits. I realize the crime was bad but they're in jail and being sentenced and everything.

WhiskeyPhillips
WhiskeyPhillips

They killed and sexually assaulted men too, by the way.

stanley1
stanley1

Hickenlooper and his cheerleaders at Westword would weep...

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