ALAMOSA — Isaiah DeLaCerda, 18, Alamosa, pleaded guilty on Monday in Alamosa County Court to misdemeanor harassment with a domestic violence sentencing enhancer regarding a 2016 incident involving a former girlfriend at the Alamosa High School.
Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl granted DeLaCerda a 12-month deferred sentence and supervised probation with requirements including domestic violence evaluation and recommended treatment as well as 24 hours useful public service and a letter of apology to the victim.
If DeLaCerda meets these conditions and has no further infractions, the plea will be withdrawn and the case dismissed.
Assistant District Attorney Ashley McCuaig told the judge the victim was not able to be present for the sentencing but was agreeable with the outcome. He said DeLaCerda has no criminal history and in this instance made an unacceptable decision to briefly corner, detain and grab a former girlfriend at the high school in front of other students who separated the two. Both McCuaig and DeLaCerda’s attorney John Kuenhold said they believed this was an isolated incident that would not occur again.
Kuenhold said DeLaCerda is a 4.2 Grade Point Average student who is skilled in multiple sports and in this instance may have been affected by efforts to lose weight for a wrestling competition. Kuenhold added that he has been in frequent contact with the victim’s family who are supportive of DeLaCerda and just want this to be over.
DeLaCerda also spoke to the judge, apologizing and taking responsibility for his actions.
Judge Walzl told DeLaCerda he had a “ton of potential.” He added, “Keep yourself busy and motivated and doing well.”
DeLaCerda is a senior, state champion wrestler and cross country runner at Alamosa High School. In addition to the court punishment, DeLaCerda previously served a suspension through the school in regard to this incident.