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Teenager sentenced in shooting

After being involved in a shooting incident at the Cardiff footbridge Nov. 17, a convicted teen drug dealer was sentenced Monday to three years in a community corrections program in Alamosa.

At a sentencing hearing before District Judge J.E. DeVilbiss, Michael Douglas Robertson, 18, said he takes full responsibility for dealing cocaine and, even though he didn’t pull the trigger, he said he also takes full responsibility for the shooting that injured another man’s hand.

“Whatever decision is made, I am fully determined to reinstate myself as a positive member of the community,” Robertson said.



DeVilbiss, however, didn’t buy some of Robertson’s statements.

“Michael was a drug dealer as a juvenile. Michael is still a drug dealer. Michael doesn’t tell the truth,” DeVilbiss said.



Prosecutor Trisha Lacey argued that, as a drug dealer, Robertson should go to prison. Robertson’s defense attorney, Calvin Lee, insisted he should receive probation or community corrections.

Lacey told DeVilbiss that although Robertson did admit he was involved in the incident, it wasn’t until the next day.

“The defendant’s actions were to go home and go to bed. That doesn’t translate into immediate action,” she said.

She also told the court Robertson tried to dilute a drug-testing urine sample and he once showed up to a probation meeting carrying a weapon.

Lacey also said when Robertson was given the chance to work with the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team, or TRIDENT, he opted not to.

At that point Lee told DeVilbiss he was shocked that Lacey brought up Robertson’s work with TRIDENT, which came about through a plea agreement, because it could put his client in danger. He said it was for that reason that he had requested a chamber sentencing rather than in-court sentencing.

But since Robertson’s work with TRIDENT was already exposed, Lee explained what happened.

“Mr. Robertson agreed to work with TRIDENT to comply with a plea offer,” Lee said. “He went six times to a convenience store, but the buyer never showed up.”

The targeted buyer or buyers apparently knew Robertson was working with drug enforcement authorities, Lee said. “There were no arrests, but it was not entirely his own fault,” Lee said.

Some drug buyers learned Robertson was a “snitch” and avoided him, Lee said.

An employee in the district attorney’s office, whose juvenile son was also allegedly involved in the Cardiff Bridge incident, reportedly leaked information to her son about Robertson’s work with TRIDENT, he said.

The employee was later fired, Lee said.


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