Mesa County mentor sentenced to prison for assaulting boys

Mark Bustamante begged for probation

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A former mentor at Mesa County Partners has been sentenced to 12 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to molesting four boys.

Mark Bustamante begged District Judge Richard Gurley for probation or a sentence in Mesa County Community Corrections during a hearing Thursday.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, prosecutors said a community-based sentence posed too great of a risk.