2 life sentences handed down for Belmar Park murders

Victims fatally stabbed were strangers to the killer

Staff Report
Posted 5/16/22

Vicente Enrique Orozco, 22, was sentenced May 6 by the 1st Judicial District Court to two consecutive life sentences for the murders of 61-year-old Stevan Sandvick and 19-year-old Ivan Rodriguez Rivera in Belmar Park in 2019. 

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2 life sentences handed down for Belmar Park murders

Victims fatally stabbed were strangers to the killer

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Vicente Enrique Orozco, 22, was sentenced May 6 by the 1st Judicial District Court to two consecutive life sentences for the murders of 61-year-old Stevan Sandvick and 19-year-old Ivan Rodriguez Rivera in Belmar Park in 2019. 

On March 10, a Jefferson County jury found Orozco guilty of two counts of murder in the first degree, one count of felony murder and two counts of aggravated robbery.

The families of Sandvick and Rodriguez Rivera addressed the court and expressed the significant pain and loss each family suffered as a result of the murders. Rodriguez Rivera was described as a “beautiful kid” with a bright future ahead of him, and Sandvick was described as a father and husband who will be missed very much.

Adam Hepp, senior deputy district attorney, thanked the victims’ families for their patience, strength and courage during the lengthy process.

“Today, we see justice for the tragedy that took two innocent, random victims from the years ahead of them, their community and their families,” he said. 

In the early morning hours of Aug. 15, 2019, police were called to Belmar Park in Lakewood where they found 19-year-old Rodriguez Rivera with multiple stab wounds. It was later determined that Rodriguez Rivera was in the park playing soccer with a friend at the time he was attacked.

Later that morning, a witness walking through the park near the Fallen Firefighters Memorial found the body of 61-year-old Sandvick, who had also suffered multiple stab wounds and appeared to have been robbed. 

Sandvick was pronounced dead at the scene, and Rodriguez Rivera died days later as a result of his injuries.

On Aug. 19, 2019, police received an anonymous tip that led to the arrest of 18-year-old Vicente Orozco, who was 18 when he was taken into custody on Aug. 21, 2019. 

In addition to the two life sentences, Orozco received 15 years for the aggravated robbery of Sandvick.

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