by Matt Lacy –
GREELEY— Gang member Jacob Vigil was sentenced to 40 years in prison today in Weld County District Court for his role in stabbing a 17 year old teenager.
The stabbing took place on July 3, 2011 when Vigil, along with Alexander Ramirez, Javod Montoya-Gomez and James Mungia attacked and inflicted multiple stab wounds on Christian Nuno.
Following the trial Vigil was convicted of attempted first degree murder, conspiracy to commit first degree murder, both class two felonies. He was also convicted of first degree assault, a third degree felony, and conspiracy to commit first degree assault and engaging in a riot with a deadly weapon, both class four felonies.
Deputy District Attorney Anthony Perea said the assailants attacked Nuno simply for being in a rival gang.
While Vigil maintained his innocence, Weld County Circuit Judge Thomas Quammen told him he was going to back the jury in their decision to find Vigil guilty. Jerry Manzer, Vigil’s attorney has said he plans to appeal the decision.
Vigil is the third defendant in the case to be sentenced and the second to receive a 40 year term.
Ramirez was sentenced on May 4 for 40 years in the Department of Corrections on charges that included attempted first degree murder. Montoya-Gomez was sentenced in April to 10 years on one count of first-degree assault while Mungia remains at large on suspicion of first degree murder. He is currently on Weld County’s most wanted list.
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