Man guilty for assaulting police officer

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Ricardo Argueta was found guilty Wednesday of second-degree assault on a peace officer and criminal trespass, according to the Garfield County Combined Courts Office.His trial lasted two days and the jury deliberated for about an hour and a half.According to the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office, Argueta, 34, was forced out of a Glenwood Springs bar Dec. 22, 2006, for being intoxicated, attempted to re-enter several times and punched the doorman and a customer. Argueta then punched a responding Glenwood Springs police officer in the face.In a statement, Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch said, “I am very pleased with the verdict. This jury took its job seriously and did the right thing.”District Attorney Martin Beeson added, “The jury sent a message that this community will not tolerate criminal assaults on the very people that risk their lives on a daily basis to protect us. It is my hope that this message will be heard loud and clear.”Argueta’s sentence hearing is scheduled for Jan. 17.

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