Man guilty in 2003 attempted murder

A man faces 28 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder Monday, potentially resolving an eight-year-old Grand Junction stabbing case.

Troy Mondragon, 47, who in August pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, assured District Judge Valerie Robison he was sane and thinking clearly just before entering into a plea agreement with the Mesa County District Attorney’s office.

“They help me with the voices that I hear,” Mondragon told the judge, when asked about current medications for schizophrenia and depression.

Under Monday’s deal, Mondragon signed off on a term of 28 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. He will serve a mandatory five years of parole. The sentence, however, is expected to be significantly shorter because Mondragon will be credited with time served in custody since March 2003.

He will be sentenced by Robison on Wednesday.

Mondragon’s sanity has been the subject of at least 14 separate reports by state doctors since his arrest in connection with the March 22, 2003, stabbing of a man at a Grand Junction apartment. The victim was stabbed 27 times. Mondragon told authorities he was government agent assigned to infiltrate satanic cults, according to testimony.

A Mesa County jury in 2006 rejected Mondragon’s first insanity plea and found him guilty on a host of charges, including attempted murder. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

The case was closed until the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned the conviction in 2009, ruling that Chief Mesa County Judge David Bottger applied an incorrect standard in determining Mondragon was competent to proceed.

“I don’t have any concerns,” Public Defender Matthew Troxell said when asked by the judge about Mondragon’s competency.


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