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Jefferson County man sentenced to 40 years for shooting wife because she 'made him mad'

Posted at 11:09 AM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 13:09:41-04

GOLDEN, Colo. – A Jefferson County man was sentenced last week to 40 years in prison for shooting his wife multiple times because “she made him mad,” as prosecutors said.

Humberto Morales Mares, 35, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder on Aug. 27 and was sentenced on Oct. 11 to 40 years in prison.

He shot his wife in the chest and throat during an argument on April 1, 2018, while their 3-year-old child was in the house. Prosecutors said that Mares had a history of domestic violence and told police that he shot his wife because she “made him mad.”

“Domestic violence shatters lives and destroys families and communities,” First Judicial District Attorney Pete Weir said in a statement. “We must continually renew our commitment to breaking the cycle of violence.”

Mares was living in the U.S illegally and was ordered to be deported after completing his prison sentence. The DA’s Office said he had been deported once prior to the shooting.