Teen takes plea agreement in Grand Junction shooting
Grand Junction Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” A teenager has agreed to testify against his co-defendant, the alleged triggerman in a shooting at a Pear Park trailer park last October.
Daniel Rachal, now 18, pleaded guilty Monday morning to class-four felony accessory to attempted first-degree murder in the Oct. 7 shooting of 21-year-old Jeremy Rosalas.
In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Rachal has agreed to testify against 19-year-old Michael Lamenca, who’s accused of shooting Rosalas in the back with a shotgun after a confrontation in Pear Park’s Applewood Estates trailer park.
Rachal’s deal calls for a community-based sentence and no prison. Chief Deputy District Attorney Tammy Eret said she hasn’t decided exactly what she’ll ask from District Judge Valerie Robison.
Rachal will be sentenced May 22.
“I don’t think he knew it (shooting) was going to happen,” Eret said of the DA’s willingness to extend a deal to Rachal.
Both Rachal and Lamenca were charged identically with attempted murder in Rosalas’ shooting.
According to an arrest affidavit, Lamenca told investigators he and Rachal walked toward a friend’s house “to see what was going on” after a crowd had gathered in the 3100 block of Brownie Circle.
“Daniel Rachal pulled a shotgun out of his pants,” the affidavit said. “Michael said he grabbed the shotgun from Daniel.”
Lamenca initially told investigators the shooting was an accident and he was scared by the crowd “flashing gang signs,” which had encircled him and Rachal.
Prosecutors have said the illegal, sawed-off shotgun used in the shooting was confirmed as stolen.
Lamenca returns court next Monday.
He has not entered a plea in his case.
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