ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. - A convicted murderer is sentenced to life in prison plus 16 years for killing a man with a Ford Bronco and assaulting the victim's stepsons.
Roberto Carlos Silva-Jaquez was sentenced Friday for the November 2012 death of Ramon Blanco, one day after the jury convicted him of first degree murder and first degree murder with extreme indifference.
The jury also found Silva-Jaquez guilty of attempted first degree murder after deliberation and attempted first degree murder with extreme indifference for his assault on one of Blanco's stepsons. The final conviction was for second degree assault for an assault on the other stepson.
Investigators said Silva-Jaquez, 40, was behind the wheel of the SUV when it ran over Ramon Blanco. In a 2012 interview with 7NEWS Reporter Lance Hernandez, Silva-Jaquez said it was an accident. He said two men confronted him earlier in the evening outside Tequila Le Club at 5115 Federal Blvd. and asked him about one of his family members who had called police before to report minor problems.
"Like scratching my car... or playing the stereo too loud," he said.
During the confrontation outside the bar, Silva-Jaquez said one of the men lost a hat and the other lost a cell phone. Silva-Jaquez claimed he drove to the mobile home park to return those items.
He said both men attacked him and one had a bat.
Silva-Jaquez said that was when he tried to drive away.
When asked how the car ended up in the front yard and crashed into the corner of the mobile home, Silva-Jaquez replied, "This happened too fast. I'm scared. My life was in danger."
Silva-Jaquez said one of the men tried to pull him down, just as he was accelerating. The SUV shot forward as a result.
He said he didn't intend to kill anyone.
"I intended to escape because there were too many hits. My head was hit several times," Silva-Jaquez said while pointing out deep bruises on his shoulder, hands and legs.
After the crash, Silva-Jaquez apparently fled on foot, but not until after a confrontation with Blanco's 15-year-old stepson.
On the murder convictions, Silva-Jaquez was sentenced to serve a life sentence and the attempted murder counts were assigned a sentence of 48 years that will be served simultaneously. The additional 16 years come from the assault charge.