A jury has convicted a Pueblo man of killing his grandmother and burning her body. 29-year-old Anthony Sena was convicted of several charges, including first-degree murder, in the July 2015 death of 77-year-old Susan Hernandez. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
The prosecution maintained that Hernandez had written two checks to Sena to pay for the repair of her roof; the amount totaled $8,000, the Pueblo Chieftain notes. However, Sena never fixed the roof and the money wasn’t returned — and family members maintained that nothing else in Hernandez’s life could explain why someone would want to kill her.
The defense reportedly countered by questioning the evidence against their client. For instance, they said, DNA found under Hernandez’s fingernails after her death could have come from any male relative, not only Sena — and no blood evidence was discovered in either his home or his car.
Defense attorneys argued no evidence pointed to Sena as the killer, and tension over the job didn’t serve as a reason for him to kill his grandmother. Nevertheless, the jury in the case took only four hours to convict Sena of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree arson and theft. His sentence: life in prison without the possibility of parole.