Friday, October 21, 2005
The Bible study didn't hold...
Again, from YH:
Greeley, Colorado - A Greeley man who was sentenced to work release escaped recently and is now on Weld County's Most Wanted list.
Thomas Montelongo Sr., 39, pleaded guilty in July to engaging in a riot and drug possession. He had been charged with attempted murder in an alleged gang-related fight at Jerry's Market, a supermarket in north Greeley, in June 2003.
Police reports show Montelongo and his son, Thomas Montelongo Jr., were among several gang members accused of beating up other young men with baseball bats and shooting them with birdshot. Witnesses also said the elder Montelongo tried to run someone over with his car.
Montelongo Jr., now 21, is in prison for accessory to attempted murder and criminal menacing, related to the same shooting.
Montelongo Sr. accepted a plea agreement in July that gave him two years of work release, meaning he would be jailed but allowed to hold a job. He was also sentenced to six years of probation.
When Montelongo Sr. was sentenced, his attorney, Chris Collins, said he was glad the judge gave his client a chance to prove himself to the community. He said Montelongo got his general equivalency diploma in jail and had been attending Bible studies.
Montelongo escaped from community corrections soon after his sentence, Collins said.