Man pleads guilty to attempted murder in ‘09 shooting

A plea agreement formalized Tuesday calls for a prison term between 16 and 36 years for a man who shot two people on Orchard Mesa last spring.

Tommy Lee Perez, 26, of Rifle, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and a sentence-enhancing, crime-of-violence charge related to a brawl that ended with gunfire at 297 Boston Lane on the night of May 22.

Perez will be sentenced next month. The terms of his plea agreement leaves the length of the prison sentence open for District Judge Thomas Deister. Deister ordered Mesa County Probation officials to evaluate Perez and issue a report before sentencing.

According to an arrest affidavit, Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies on May 22 found two men lying in the doorway and driveway at 297 Boston Lane. Anthony Garcia, 36 at the time, had been shot twice in the thigh, and another man, Clinton Waters, then 22, had been shot three times in the stomach.

Tommy Perez and his brother, Joshua, 23, were involved in a fight at the home moments before the shooting, the affidavit said. The brothers fled the home in a vehicle afterward.

Prosecutors initially charged both men with attempted first-degree murder.

Joshua Perez in August pleaded guilty to a felony, tampering with evidence, and a misdemeanor count of false reporting, while agreeing to testify if called against his brother.

The younger Perez received a four-year deferred judgment and probation, which Mesa County officials allowed him to serve in Garfield County.


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