Man gets two years in stabbings

Assault of man, woman, happened in front of her two kids

A Grand Junction man who stabbed his friend and her common-law husband in February was sentenced by a judge Friday to two years in prison.

Victor Guzman, 20, could have faced up to three years in prison after being found guilty at trial last year of second-degree assault in the heat of passion for stabbing Sosha Trujillo, then 26, in front of two of her children, early the morning of Feb. 16. The incident occurred after an argument among friends, who were eating and drinking alcohol at a home on Cris-Mar Street in Fruitvale.

The jury also found Guzman guilty of third-degree assault for stabbing Jason Archuleta, who was 27 at the time of the incident.

“I’ve known you for a while. I’m sorry for what I did,” Guzman said during sentencing, shackled and dressed in a jail suit, while turning to make eye contact with Trujillo. “I hope that sometime down the road you can forgive me.”

Trujillo, who was seated in the courtroom’s front row, chose not to speak during the hearing.

Trujillo’s injuries, after being stabbed three times in the chest and left arm, were life-threatening and kept her in the hospital for a period of time, Deputy District Attorney Chris Nerbonne said. Archuleta was stabbed once in the left arm and was treated and released from the hospital.

Nerbonne requested Mesa County District Judge Brian Flynn sentence Guzman to three years in prison, the maximum sentence for the charges. Because Guzman’s charges were considered a crime of violence, he was not eligible for community corrections or probation.

“If (Guzman) does something like this to somebody he knows, what might he do to somebody he doesn’t know?” Nerbonne argued.

Guzman’s only criminal history prior to the stabbing was a charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol. He “is not the kind of man that has a criminal sense of mind,” said
Guzman’s attorney, Ed Nugent.

Nugent characterized the stabbing as an incident that was fueled by marijuana and alcohol use. He said his client has since remained employed, maintained a long-term romantic relationship and has the support of his family.

During his trial, Guzman cited self-defense as the reason for his actions.

Judge Flynn said Guzman might have been sentenced to community corrections if that sentence had been an option.

“I do still think this was a serious offense,” Flynn said. “There were children present who saw what happened.”


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