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Woman who helped dispose of Colorado murder victim’s dismembered body is denied parole

A Colorado woman who helped dispose of a 28-year-old man’s dismembered body was denied parole Friday, six months after she was sentenced to six years in prison.

Lila Atencio, 23, will not be released from prison on parole at this point in time, the Colorado State Parole Board decided. She will next be eligible for parole in January 2025.

Atencio helped dispose of Joseph Brinson’s body after the 28-year-old was shot to death in his rural Jefferson County home on Jan. 16, 2019. Atencio, who was 17 at the time, helped two men load Brinson’s dismembered body into trash bags and then dump the remains in a remote part of eastern Arapahoe County.

Atencio was sentenced to six years in prison in September, but became eligible for parole in just six months because she had more than two years worth of pre-sentence confinement credit, and that time served counted as part of her six-year sentence.

Brinson’s family argued that she should spend more time in prison and spoke against her parole earlier this year.

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