Skip to comments.Elderly Man May End Life in Prison for…Protecting His Property?
Posted on 07/11/2010 6:21:23 AM PDT by Michael van der Galien
The story as reported by Fox31 KDVR.com 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 heres the kicker:
The Jefferson County DAs 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.
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Liberals in action, folks.
Be afraid, be very afraid.
And keep your powder dry.
Colorado is a very unjust State.
Jury nullification required here for State and Federal trials.
I heard about this on the radio yesterday.
I can’t believe any jury will convict Wallace. Instead, he should be given an award, and the prosecutor should be behind bars along with the illegals.
JUSTICE JUSTISN’T anymore.
And the illegal alien thieves with long criminal records are charged with nothing, of course. It’s getting close to pitchforks and torches time, folks.
I’ll be checking my mail for a jury summons.
“And the illegal alien thieves with long criminal records are charged with nothing, of course. Its getting close to pitchforks and torches time, folks.”
The Feds didn’t want them arrested because of an ongoing investigation. Some people are also saying that if the police had arrested the perp that was shot they would be responsible for his medical care.
More of the Hope and Change coming to this country.
Shoot a felon go to jail.
“I cant believe any jury will convict Wallace. Instead, he should be given an award, and the prosecutor should be behind bars along with the illegals.”
EXACTLY!...however the DA may be up for re-election this Nov.so he’ll make sure Wallace goes before a jury packed with Hispanics to get a conviction.
Gay State Conservative,Juror #7,says....”ummmmmm,not guilty”.
In Sarasota County, Florida about 1990 an elderly man came home and saw a psychotic teen face pounding his elderly female neighbor on the ground. He ran over with a gun and ordered the kid to stop. The kid kept pounding, so the guy fired a round into the ground. He made the kid stop and held him until the deputies arrived. He was then arrested and charged with a variety of criminal offenses. He won every time in court, but this went on until the elderly guy had spent his life’s savings and sold his house. Then the prosecutor dropped the charges stating, “He’s learned his lesson now so there’s no further reason to continue prosecution.”
I think this is a regular tactic; using the prosecutory powers as a PC enforcement. It’s not necessary that they win. It’s only necessary that they take away your money and provide an abject lesson.
Leftists are pure evil. If the charges are not made right or if the community doesn’t bail this man from prison then...
The guy on the left looks bizarre. He has already soaked up thousands in free medical care for his gunshot wound
That would be a great tactic to use on criminals. I wonder why they've never thought of it?
The good people of Colorado need to march on the steps of the courthouse and demand the resignation of the prosecutor.
Illegal aliens with LONG CRIMINAL RECORDS . . .
Gee, what about a law that when people get arrested their legal status is verified.
what a concept
Hes learned his lesson now so theres no further reason to continue persecution
last i checked, the US Constitution allows an individual to protect their property. if he cannot defend it, why wouldn’t they just take it?
when your laws are only applied to politically convenient targets, you are no longer a nation of laws... just cute guidelines used to gain power for the corrupt few.
welcome to lawlessness
Maybe he will be. Remember Mike Nifong.
How the F is it "attempted first-degree murder" and how does he get four and not two, when there were only two thieves?
Did the old guy hang a sign on his trailer saying, "Steal me," and then sat with his shotgun waiting for these two desperados to come and take it?
It’s time to bare the bones. The talk amongst our GOOD friends, the Mexican illegals and some legal( the only ones who will do the work) is that internal war is coming soon. Seems they have a plan brewing to take back their land. If it comes down to it....can you pull the trigger? Something to think about.
We need to drive the liberals and illegal south.
Multiply the two shots fired by the number of potential targets. The first shot could have hit either of the thieves, so that's two counts. The second shot similarly counts twice.
he shot twice, at two thieves. That is how he got to 4.
That's okay. They'll be given citizenship pretty soon.
Our politicians want it this way. They like it when the downtrodden “oppressed” class rises up and takes what is “rightfully” theirs from the “oppressor” class. That is why they prosecute the normal person and deliberately let the criminals go free.
amen. my nerves feel the mood in the air and if legal means don’t provide the ends, then a repeat of history will have to take place. Molon Labe !!!
As a contrary opinion: the old man was wrong to shoot at people fleeing with his property. Morally, I have no objection. However, there are very few states - if any - that expressly permit the use of deadly force to stop a thief running away.
A thief in your house? Many states allow you to shoot him since the assumption is that he is a threat to your life as well as your property. But two guys driving off with your flatbed trailer?
Just took a CCW course...and no, the law doesn’t allow you to shoot fleeing thieves. Between criminal and civil courts, you probably ought to assume each bullet fired righteously still debits your bank account by $10K minimum. Hmmm.....$500 deductible on your trailer, or $10K per bullet minimum. Easy choice if you are thinking clearly.
That said, I think the DA has set himself up for failure. No way he’ll get a conviction on murder. MAYBE manslaughter, but he’ll have a tough case even then.
Negligent discharge? Yeah. Firing a gun in the city? Yeah. Voluntary manslaughter, mitigated by provocation? Probably.
Murder? Not a chance.
Morally, I’d give the old man an award and free coffee for life.
I think many DAs worry more about politics than about justice. In this case, I think the DA has seriously misread public opinion. By going for murder, he’s put himself in the “Illegals can steal and kill at will” camp, and he’ll find it is pretty darn lonely - even in liberal areas.
There comes a time when enough sh*t gets thrown at you and street justice takes over. Sounds like this DA needs some schooling in said topic.
Looks like he’s a good little Republican DA.
2) If these people had criminal records and are here illegally, why were they out running around? Are there other prosecutors who need looking at?
3) Mr. Wallace should demand an immediate jury trial somewhere outside of Jefferson County, El Paso County perhaps.
‘Colorado is a very unjust State.’
Boulder Dementia Syndrome (BDS) is spreading out from Boulder, across the state.
Boulder is the Ithica of the West.
If he shot one in the face, and maintains his claim that he fired as they tried to run him over, a jury may have sufficient “reasonable doubt” to find him not guilty.
Depends on what facts the DA is able to bring to the table.
Mr. Rowan, are you high?
They charged first degree but it will end up 2nd degree or some crime of passion plea.
Is the guy on the left missing 1/4 of his head?
The prosecutor’s lifeless body should be swinging from a rope.
I believe he also threw a chalkboard eraser at them, constituting an additional charge..../s
If you will pay for his coffee I will pick up the tab for his donuts....
In a just world, these officials would be in jail. Instead, the mayor of SF is running for statewide office and the mayor of LA is travelling around the world trying to show how green he is. I guess if more people in their cities were killed by released inmates, they'd both be running for president.
He'll get NO conviction on either, since NOBODY was killed.
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