Man found guilty of attempted murder

It took a jury just over an hour Monday to return two guilty verdicts in the retrial of James Duran.

Duran, 46, was convicted in 2005 of attempted murder and first-degree assault for shooting his friend Brad Hatch in the face and leaving him on the train tracks where he was hit and dragged by a mile-long train. Hatch survived but suffered broken bones.

“It’s done. It’s over. It’s tragic,” said Hatch after the verdict.

Hatch, who now lives in Utah, testified last week — the second time in three years after the shooting in which he was left for dead.

Duran faces habitual criminal charges at his sentencing Nov. 13. If convicted on the additional charges, his prison term will be three times as long.

Duran on Monday was found guilty on charges of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault.

The Colorado Court of Appeals in February overturned Duran’s attempted-murder conviction, allowing him a new trial.


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