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Young pleads guilty to kidnapping charge

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 9th, 2013

Colin Parker Young

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — A man who participated in a botched home invasion last August pleaded guilty on Monday to second-degree kidnapping, but it’s unlikely that he’ll be joining his co-defendants in state prison.

Under the terms of a proposed plea deal, Colin Parker Young could be ordered to serve seven years in the Colorado Department of Corrections system. But that sentence would be suspended if the 20-year-old man successfully completes four years in the state’s Youthful Offender System.

Twelfth Judicial District Judge Michael Gonzales told attorneys for both sides that he’s inclined to accept the deal, even though the court does not typically approve such agreements.

In the event that the judge does not sign off on the proposal, Young will have an opportunity to withdraw his guilty plea at his Sept. 13 sentencing date.

Young is one of four Denver-area men who forced his way into a couple’s State Avenue home on Aug. 29, 2012 in a failed attempt to steal money, drugs and electronics.

Three of the four assailants assaulted the male victim with a stun gun, and Young later hit the man several times with a metal hammer.

But the home invasion was thwarted and Young himself was severely injured when the victim gained control of the hammer and struck his attacker.

Co-defendants Mario Daniel Aragon, David Albert Cordova and Joseph Taylor Ankeney were apprehended moments later, and authorities found Young bleeding on the kitchen floor of the home.

After months of court proceedings, Ankeney pleaded guilty in March to attempted aggravated robbery; he is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence. Both Aragon and Cordova pleaded guilty last month to enhanced charges of the same count; their sentencing hearings are currently set for Aug. 8.

Prosecutors originally charged Young 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. But they dismissed those counts in exchange for his plea to the added count of second-degree kidnapping, and for his help in testifying against Aragon and Cordova.

While neither man is heading to trial now, Young may still testify against one or both co-defendants at their sentencing hearings, according to Deputy District Attorney Mark Loy.

Aragon and Cordova face potential penalties of five to 16 years in state prison, and the court could order them to pay steep fines, as well.

If Judge Gonzales approves Young’s plea deal, he said the defendant would not pass the days by watching television and eating bonbons.

“It’s not an easy program by any stretch of the imagination,” he said.

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