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Elderly Man May End Life in Prison for…Protecting His Property?

Posted on July 11 2010 8:00 am
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The story as reported by Fox31 is that an elderly Colorado man looked out his window this past February and saw two guys hooking his flatbed trailer up to their pickup. He yelled at them to stop, but they sped away, stealing his trailer. He told police he fired two shots at the pickup.  Minutes after the incident, police say 32-year-old Damacio Torres dropped 28-year-old Alvaro Cardona off at a hospital emergency room with a gunshot wound to the face.

And here’s the kicker:

The Jefferson County DA’s office said that neither Torres nor Cardona have been charged with anything at this point, even though Torres confessed to the crime. However, the homeowner, Wallace is facing twelve felony counts, including four counts of attempted first degree murder. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

And to make matters worse, the two thieves each have long criminal records and are apparently in the country illegally.  What a travesty of justice.

But that is not the whole story.  A news release by the Wheat Ridge Police Department reads (in part):

Today, July 9, 2010, Wheat Ridge police obtained probable cause arrest warrants for Damacio Torres-Ochoa (32), and Alvaro Cardona-DeLoera (28), both of Thornton, for class 3 Felony Theft and other charges in connection with a trailer theft in February 2010, that left Cardona-DeLoera with a gunshot wound to the face.

This afternoon, just after 3:00 p.m., U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made contact with DamacioTorres-Ochoa at his place of employment in Boulder.

ICE discovered the Wheat Ridge warrant for Torres-Ochoa after taking him into custody on an immigration violation. Per procedure, ICE will transfer Torres-Ochoa’s custody to the Jefferson County Jail where he will be held on a $100,000 bond for the Felony Theft charges.

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