A Denver man who pleaded guilty to multiple crimes after firing at Douglas County deputies was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to a Jan. 15 release from the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office.
Manuelito Dewane Vigil, 22, was arrested following a January 2019 incident in Highlands Ranch.
The event began when the Douglas County Sheriff's Office was alerted that a man was trying to break into vehicles in Highlands Ranch. When deputies located and pursued Vigil's vehicle, he attempted to elude them and fired shots from his van, according to the release.
Vigil was caught at his home in Denver a few days later with multiple firearms, a ballistic vest, ammunition and a mask. The van he was driving was found to have been stolen and contained more than 200 pieces of stolen mail, according to the release.
He was out on bond from Arapahoe County when the crime took place.
“A repeat offender who was being supervised for a burglary conviction and already on bond for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon finds a way yet again to get another firearm … and use it to shoot at our guardians. A system that fails to treat gun crimes seriously begets more gun crimes,” District Attorney George Brauchler said in the release.
Vigil pleaded guilty to aggravated motor vehicle theft, possession of a weapon by a previous offender with a prior burglary conviction, vehicular eluding, first-degree auto trespass, violation of bail bond conditions, second-degree burglary and felony menacing, according to the release. Other counts were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
“Mercifully, nobody was killed — this time,” Brauchler said in the statement. “This reprobate will find it harder to shoot at the good guys from prison, but under our broken sentencing laws, he will only be in there for a handful of years.”
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