Bond set at $500K for GJ shooting suspect

A judge Wednesday set bond at $500,000 for a man accused in the May 31 shooting that wounded a resident of a Grand Junction apartment complex.

Robert Roy Rodriguez, 22, is being held at the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting of Billy Shane Young, a resident of Chateau Apartments, 1300 N. 21st Street.

Young was shot multiple times.

Rodriguez’s arrest warrant affidavit remains sealed.

Police have said Rodriguez knew his victim, but they haven’t elaborated on the relationship nor confirmed the victim’s condition. Police haven’t officially released the man’s name.

Rodriguez also is being held on a parole violation. Rodriguez on March 6 was released from prison on intensive supervised parole after serving less than three years of a four-year sentence for theft, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections.

State prison officials last week confirmed to The Daily Sentinel that Rodriguez absconded from his parole May 27, four days prior to the shooting.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said Rodriguez is eligible to be prosecuted as a habitual criminal, but the DA said he hasn’t decided whether he’ll pursue it.

Colorado Bureau of Investigation records show Rodriguez was arrested in Mesa County in 2003 and 2004 on charges including possession of a weapon by a previous juvenile offender, possession of a dangerous weapon and having a concealed weapon.


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