Shooter of Qwest executive is not in prison in Mexico |

Shooter of Qwest executive is not in prison in Mexico

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Oscar Hoyos Delacruz, convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of an Aurora man who was hunting turkey near New Castle in 2005, has been allowed to remain in a work release program.Jeff Garrett, 37, was a state lobbyist for Qwest. He was shot on May 14, 2005, while hiding in the brush and calling for turkey in the East Elk Creek area near New Castle during a hunting trip. Investigators thought Garrett could have been mistaken for a turkey. They said Delacruz, a worker at the Bear Wallow Ranch at the time, probably fled that day upon discovering he had shot Garrett.The Colorado Attorney General Office said in March that Delacruz was sentenced on Jan. 30 to three years in a Mexican prison for second-degree manslaughter, but did not add that Delacruz had appealed the case and was on work release. Garrett’s family members and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office provided the additional information about the appeal. Nate Strauch, communications director for the attorney general’s office, confirmed the case had been appealed. He said Delacruz’s appeal proceedings are ongoing in Agua Prieta, Mexico, in the state of Sonora. The sheriff’s office said the appeal was complete, and Delacruz was sentenced to work release for three years.”It’s a joke,” the deceased man’s brother, John Garrett, said. Even if Delacruz violates conditions of the work release program, Mexican authorities probably would not put him in prison, he added.”They’re not going to do anything,” John Garrett said. “It’s just paperwork to me.”The attorney general’s office said at the time of Delacruz’s arrest he would face 12 to 24 years in Mexican prison. Delacruz had been arrested by Mexican authorities in Sinaloa, Mexico, on June 15 last year. He was 50 at the time of the incident.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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