A Laramie man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Monday during his Albany County District Court sentencing hearing.
Trevor Sanford pleaded guilty Nov. 7 to first degree murder stemming from an Albany County Sheriff’s Office investigation of the death of Marilyn “Kay” Dlugosh.
There were two choices for sentencing Sanford, District Court Judge Tori Kricken said, life in prison with possibility of parole and life in prison without the possibility of parole. The nature of the crime and the impact it had on the family were factors Kricken considered when she decided to sentence Sanford to life without parole, she said.
“This was an extraordinarily brutal crime and a betrayal (to someone trying to help him),” Kricken said.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Albany County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched March 29 to a Laramie residence for a possibly deceased person. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found an unresponsive female, lying face down near the front door of the residence, court documents state.
The woman was identified as Dlugosh and confirmed deceased, according to court documents.
During the investigation, the state crime lab noted a large amount of dried blood on the back of the victim’s head along with signs of blunt force trauma. A hammer and knife with dried blood on them were found near the victim and were determined to be potential murder weapons, the affidavit of probable cause states.
One of the victim’s family members told the deputies Sanford was living with her since March 23, 2017, when he was released from the Albany County Detention Center, where he had been since January because of a high speed chase he was associated with.
The family member told the officer he was unable to get a hold of Sanford by phone and received a text message from the victim, but it was not consistent with messages she would have sent, court documents state.
While searching Dlugosh’s residence, deputies found a bank document with Sanford’s name on it along with several bank statements in Dlugosh’s name. They also determined several items such as debit/credit cards or materials associated with the accounts were possibly missing from the victim’s purse along with her car, court documents state.
According to court documents, a ping on Dlugosh’s phone number was requested that day to determine its location and found her phone was used the night before in Thornton, Colorado.
The deputy also received bank records showing Dlugosh’s accounts were being used in Colorado. Allegedly, the deputy received video surveillance that shows Sanford using Dlugosh’s card and her vehicle, court documents state.
According to court documents, the Northglenn Police Department had executed a search warrant where Sanford allegedly reported to be staying in Northglenn, Colorado. Sanford was not at the residence at the time but officers did learn he was there earlier that day and he was changing his appearance to look like a woman.
Sanford was taken into custody April 4, 2017, in Westminster, Colorado, police records state.