Gunshot victim fears for his life, he says in court

After apparent random attack, man urges no bond for suspects

Aaron Plotner

Darian Kintz

With a bullet lodged in his left shoulder blade and a brace on his neck, 29-year-old Matthew Daly stood before a judge Tuesday and said he fears for his safety, days after he randomly was shot by apparent strangers, one of whom told police he wanted to watch a man die.

“He (suspect Darian Tyler Kintz) lives within a half mile from me, and they showed the house where I’m staying on TV, so I’m in fear for my life,” Daly said.

Gingerly maneuvering around County Court Judge Gretchen Larson’s courtroom, Daly suggested he wasn’t the only person affected by the crime.

“My father’s in really bad health, and he had a seizure when this happened,” he said. “If it was me, I wouldn’t give (them) any bond.”

Aaron Plotner, 18, was ordered by Larson held at the Mesa County Jail on $1 million bond, moments after the judge ordered Plotner’s alleged cohort, Kintz, 18, held on $750,000 bond. District Attorney Pete Hautzinger argued Plotner’s bond should be double Kintz’s as the alleged shooter during a five-day spree stretching across Clifton and Fruitvale.

Plotner allegedly fired through a home’s window while people were inside, shot at multiple cars, fired at a home’s garage door and shot Daly around 12:30 a.m. Thursday as he walked home from a bar in the area of 32 1/2 Road and Lucile Avenue.

Kintz drove a Saturn during most of the shootings, according to an arrest affidavit.

Plotner used a .22-caliber rifle, which he said he stole from his ex-sister-in-law, and told an investigator he shot Daly because he “looked like a bad person.”

“At the end of the interview (with Plotner),” an investigator wrote in the affidavit, “I asked if he wanted to know if the man lived or died. Aaron said he did not care.”

Plotner said he was upset with Kintz as they sped away from the scene of Daly’s shooting because he wanted to watch him die, the affidavit said.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of three counts of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.

Formal charges are expected to be filed next Tuesday in District Judge Richard Gurley’s courtroom.


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