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20 Year Prison Sentence for Man Who Shot at Sheriff’s Deputies

20 Year Prison Sentence for Man Who Shot at Sheriff’s Deputies

Almost three years in the making, finally some closure for our Office. Yesterday, April 23, 2024, Jorge Armando Guzman, age 42, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting at a #DCSO deputy during a pursuit that occurred on September 5, 2021.
Guzman and his co-defendant, Melinda Maldonado, 40, had been attempting to steal parts from a car in Highlands Ranch and fled when the homeowner yelled at them. When deputies tried to stop the car, the driver, Maldonado, refused to stop, and Guzman began firing at the deputies. The pursuit ended when the car crashed, and the pair were arrested.
Guzman pled guilty to Attempted First-Degree Murder, Vehicular Eluding, and Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender. Melinda Maldonado was also sentenced to 10 years in prison. She pleaded guilty to Motor Vehicle Theft, Vehicular Eluding, and Accessory to a Crime.
“This sentence should send a very strong message to all those who think they can not only victimize the residents of Douglas County but also shoot at those who have chosen to protect and serve,” Sheriff Darren Weekly said. “Our deputies risk their lives every day. We will continue to hold the line and do what’s necessary to keep our community safe.”

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