Cruz pleads guilty in Carbondale shooting
March 25, 2014
Carmello Cruz, the Englewood man implicated in a shooting in Carbondale last year, is scheduled for sentencing on April 8.
Cruz was charged with second degree assault, prohibited use of a weapon, illegal discharge of a firearm, and reckless endangerment following an incident in October that resulted in hospitalization of Rocky Mendoza of Carbondale.
According to an affidavit from the Garfield County Sheriff's office, Cruz, Mendoza and another man were drinking in a shed near the end of Garfield Avenue when Cruz allegedly pulled out a pistol and fired it twice, hitting Mendoza. He then reportedly fled the scene and threw the weapon over a nearby fence. He was later picked up by Glenwood Springs Police with a blood alcohol content of 0.177. A search of the premises yielded a box of .45 caliber ammunition and a bindle of "suspected cocaine."
Cruz, with the aid of an interpreter, has filed paperwork for a guilty plea to second degree assault, a class six felony. Since he entered the plea, several subsequent hearings have been postponed.