Vet receives 19-year term 
in stabbings;
 4 were hurt

Alejandro Olvera

A combat veteran who claimed he had no memory of wielding a hammer and stabbing four people in a dispute over July 4 fireworks last year was sentenced Thursday to serve 19 years in state prison.

Alejandro Olvera, 26, could have received anywhere from 10 to 32 years in a hearing before District Judge Thomas Deister, after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree assault. He must serve three years parole after his release.

Olvera brandished a knife and hammer when revelers at 3142 Perkins Drive, in Pear Park, continued to shoot holiday fireworks after Olvera had asked them to stop, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. Four people were stabbed, while a fourth person was struck with a hammer. One woman suffered seven stab wounds, while another victim suffered a fractured ear bone.

Olvera, a U.S. Marine who had served in combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, was diagnosed in December 2010 with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder and was being treated at the Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the affidavit said.

Free on bond, Olvera was arrested again after authorities alleged he altered a prescription for Percocet and tried to fill it at the Grand Junction VA.


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