Blotter, July 17, 2017
Sex assault conviction
A 37-year-old man has been convicted by a jury of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young boy two years ago, despite what a Mesa County judge described as his attempts to delay his own trial through disruptive behavior.
A Mesa County jury on Friday returned guilty verdicts for Gabriel Lee Muniz on four counts of sexual assault. Muniz was largely absent during his own weeklong trial before Mesa County District Judge Valerie Robison, after his repeated interruptions and rambling statements, according to earlier reports.
While Robison tried to bring Muniz, who was initially self-represented, back to the courtroom several items, he refused to confirm that he would behave appropriately. Robison eventually appointed advisory counsel Jason Conley to represent Muniz during the proceedings.
Muniz faces a prison sentence. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 8 a.m. Sept. 28, according to the Mesa County District Attorney’s office.
According to the Grand Junction Police Department:
■ Police are investigating a sexual assault reported in the 200 block of North Ninth Street on Tuesday.
■ Kevin Meadows, 38, and Kehlie Rowls, 29, are each accused of theft, unlawful possession of financial devices, obstructing an officer and resisting arrest Wednesday.
■ A business in the 2500 block of Rimrock Avenue was defrauded on July 10.
■ Property valued at less than $100 was stolen from vehicles in the 2400 block of Fountain Greens Place on Thursday.
■ Alyson Garrett, 27, is accused of forgery and theft Thursday.
According to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office:
■ Brett Swank, 36, is accused of assault and domestic violence July 8.
■ A man was assaulted in the 500 block of Pauline Street on July 9. He had minor injuries.
■ An assault was reported in the 3200 block of Rood Court on Tuesday.
■ Multiple vehicles were broken into near the intersection of 25 and I Roads on Friday.