Man gets 48 years for execution-style shooting of two house-cleaners who stumbled upon pot grow

2 victims seriously injured, but survived

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - A man has been sentenced to 48 years in prison for the execution-style shooting of two house-cleaners who stumbled into his pot-growing operation at an Evergreen home.

Robert Otilio Montoya, 34, was a part-owner of a marijuana growing operation at a rental home on Tresine Drive in Evergreen when the crime was committed, said Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.

In March 2004, Montoya went to check on the pot grow in the home and found Ed Miller and Leland Travis were cleaning the house as they had been hired to do. Miller and Travis did not know Montoya.

Montoya tied the men's hands behind their backs and shot each man four times, Russell said. He then took all the marijuana plants and fled.         

Both men were seriously injured but survived.

Montoya fled to Mexico, where avoided prosecution until 2011. He was placed onto the FBI's Most Wanted list.

Following a joint operation by the FBI, the U.S. Marshal's Office and the Mexican police, Montoya was arrested in El Paso, Texas in September 2011 and returned to Colorado to face charges.

On Aug. 6, Montoya pled guilty to attempted first-degree murder.

A Jefferson County District judge sentenced him to 48 years in prison on Dec. 6.

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