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Cordova, Young near plea deals

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 18th, 2013




Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — Two of the remaining co-defendants in a botched home invasion case have reached plea deals with prosecutors, but they’re not quite ready to formally enter their pleas in open court.

David Cordova’s defense attorney told 12th Judicial District Judge Pattie Swift on Monday that his client was prepared to enter a plea. But after he learned that one of Cordova’s unnamed co-defendants will be testifying for the prosecution, attorney Ernest Marquez asked the court for more time to study an interview with the witness.

The judge agreed to continue Cordova’s plea hearing for a third time this month, to June 26.

Meanwhile, an attorney for Colin Young informed 12th Judicial District Judge Michael Gonzales last week that his client is ready to enter an unspecified plea on July 8. (His plea hearing was originally set for April 11.)

Both defendants stand accused of participating in a violent August 2012 invasion of a couple’s home in the 1200 block of State Avenue.

Police allege that four men broke into the residence and demanded the couple’s money, electronics and drugs.

The male victim in the case said the assailants threatened to kill him if he didn’t cooperate.

While Cordova allegedly restrained the woman, the man told police that the other assailants used a stun gun on him. Young also struck him several times with a metal hammer, he said.

The tables turned when the male victim gained control of the hammer and hit Young, sending his alleged attacker to a Lakewood hospital for treatment of severe injuries.

Police apprehended the other three suspects, including Joseph Ankeney, moments after they allegedly fled the scene.

Ankeney subsequently pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit armed robbery; he is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence.

Young, meanwhile, was initially charged with two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery, second-degree assault, unlawful use of a stun gun and misdemeanor theft.

Cordova and a third co-defendant, Mario Aragon, are facing nearly identical charges.

Aragon, however, is continuing to assert his innocence, even though he and Cordova allegedly confessed that all four assailants conspired to rob the male victim.

According to an official report on the incident, they said they planned to steal one of the man’s vehicles and then drive it to Denver, where they would meet and disperse the items they’d stolen.

Cordova and Aragon allegedly confessed that they were involved in two previous attempts to rob the man. Both attempts failed, they said, according to the police report.












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