Man charged in apartment shooting

Prosecutors on Wednesday filed a seven-count complaint against a man accused of repeatedly shooting another man at a Grand Junction apartment complex.

Robert Roy Rodriguez, 22, faces a minimum 16 years in prison if convicted of attempted first-degree murder in the May 31 shooting of Billy Shane Young, 35, a resident of Chateau Apartments, 1300 N. 21st St.

Deputy District Attorney David Waite also filed felony counts of first-degree assault, menacing and possession of a weapon by a previous offender, a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment and a pair of sentence-enhancing crime-of-violence charges.

State officials have moved to revoke Rodriguez’s parole. Rodriguez has been serving intensive supervised parole related to a 2006 theft conviction in Mesa County.

He was released from prison March 6 after serving less than three years of a four-year sentence.

Waite on Wednesday pointed to the mostly nonviolent nature of Rodriguez’s prior felony convictions to explain the decision to not file habitual criminal charges.

Rodriguez was sentenced to prison in October 2006 for stealing the title of a car, forging his name on the title and selling the car to another person, according to records obtained by The Daily Sentinel.

He was serving probation at the time for stealing $600 in merchandise from a local Wal-Mart store in March 2006.

Young was shot several times in the third-floor hallway of Chateau Apartments in the predawn hours of May 31.

Grand Junction police have said Young and Rodriguez knew each other, but police have not indicated a motive for the shooting.

Rodriguez surrendered to police June 9.

Authorities have said Young is alive, but they declined to talk about his condition.

An arrest warrant remains sealed.

Rodriguez on Wednesday was shackled and dressed in a red jumpsuit, an indication he’s being held in a maximum security wing of the Mesa County Jail.

He’s being held on $500,000 bond and is scheduled to return to court next month.


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