Girlfriend of accused shooter charged with hiding gun during the investigation

DENVER - The girlfriend of a man charged in a drive-by shooting that injured an 8-year-old boy is now charged with hiding the gun during the police investigation.

The shots were fired from another passing car near Sixth Avenue and Knox Court, striking the rear of the Jeep around 6:30 p.m. on April 30. A bullet passed through the tailgate, a seat and hit Jacob Valdivia in the back.

Lynn Kimbrough, spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney, said Marina Pena, 22, was charged Wednesday with hiding the gun her boyfriend allegedly used in that shooting. She faces two felonies, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Pena was just 18 when she was convicted of felony aggravated auto theft, CBI records show. She was also convicted of driving while ability impaired in Adams County.

Pena is currently free on a $2,000 bond. Her next scheduled court appearance will be a second advisement on July 30.

On June 17, Paul Lovato, also 22, was charged with firing the shots. He faces six counts of criminal attempt to commit murder in the first degree, assault in the first degree and illegal discharge of a firearm. All of those charges are felonies.

Lovato will also be in court on July 30 for his preliminary hearing.

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