FOUND: Remains of Tina Tournai-Sandoval found in grave of WWII vet
March 31, 2017
2:39 P.M. UPDATE:
The one question that has been eluding investigators and Windsor’s Tournai family for more than two decades has finally been answered.
Greeley police have found the remains of Tina Tournai-Sandoval, who grew up and graduated from high school in Windsor, after her killer, her estranged husband, John Sandoval, offered the location in exchange for a lesser sentence. That resulted in a plea agreement he reached this week with prosecutors that will send him back to prison for 25 years. The eight years he’s already served will count toward that.
Sandoval pleaded guilty Friday to one count of second-degree murder in the deal.
Sandoval was convicted in 2010 of killing Tina Tournai-Sandoval, and sentenced to life in prison. Until now, police had no body, no physical evidence, nor solid DNA evidence, much less a confession or witnesses to her death. But they knew she was dead, and at the hands of her husband, who she was divorcing in 1995.
His case was overturned by the Colorado Court of Appeals last year, and since, and for the last few months, prosecutors had been readying for a second trial.
This last week, Sandoval offered the location of her remains in exchange for a lesser sentence.
Sandoval led them to the grave a World War II veteran who had just died prior to Tournai-Sandoval’s disappearance. He was buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens, on top of Tournai-Sandoval’s remains.
This was a lead police back in 1995 had to rule out, after searching about three open graves at the cemetery.
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