Jail-phone conversation leads to woman’s arrest

A Grand Junction woman implicated herself in a May drive-by shooting in Pear Park during a recorded phone conversation with her jailed boyfriend, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit.

Rebecca Butchko, 21, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of being an accessory to attempted first-degree murder, menacing, attempted first-degree assault, criminal mischief, driving with a revoked license and reckless driving.

Mesa County Sheriff’s investigators allege Butchko was the driver of a sports utility vehicle involved in a drive-by shooting the morning of May 15 at 491 Apple Blossom Road.

Nobody was injured, but a bullet ricocheted off the home.

A man told deputies he was shot at when he walked out of the home to check on a window shattered on his car in the driveway.

Ryan Ricks, 28, was arrested the same day and charged with the shooting.

Butchko had dated a man who lives at the home four years and was involved with Ricks at the time of the shooting, the affidavit said.

In a phone conversation recorded at the Mesa County Jail on May 15, Butchko and Ricks allegedly detailed the May 15 incident.

Butchko is heard explaining how she “removed the license plates and everything” from the vehicle involved.

“Ryan says he does not want anyone to know you (Butchko) were driving it,” the affidavit said.

“Ryan tells Rebecca he loves her, sorry that (expletive) happened, we’ve gotta stop doing drugs, they make me do stupid (expletive).”

Butchko is being held on $50,000 bond.


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