Man gets 15 years for assault in 2007 attack with shotgun

A Pear Park man who has been in jail for nearly two years was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for shooting Jeremy Rosales, who nearly died of his injuries.

Rosales, who was 21 at the time of the shooting Oct. 7, 2007, suffered multiple injuries, including losing his spleen, a kidney and damage to other organs from the shooting that occurred while a large crowd of youths gathered in Brownie Circle.

Michael Lamenca, 20, received the mid-range of the possible sentencing by Mesa County District Judge Valerie Robison, according to terms of his plea agreement for one charge of first-degree assault.

Lamenca said in court Monday that he didn’t realize the shotgun was loaded and he only intended to point it at Rosales in an attempt to intimidate him after Rosales approached him.

“I try to avoid confrontations,” Lamenca said. “From the beginning I wanted to give up my organs that he had lost.”

Members of Rosales’ family called Lamenca a coward for shooting their loved one in the back. They asked Judge Robison to sentence Lamenca to the maximum of 25 years in prison.

“In my eyes you’ll never amount to anything but a miserable coward,” said Jeremy Rosales’ father, Derek Rosales.


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