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Aurora man sentenced in Castle Rock King Soopers shooting in 2019

Hugo Vazquez-Topete, 29, was sentenced to 25 years after pleading guilty to first degree assault.

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colorado – An Aurora man was sentenced this month to 25 years in prison for a 2019 shooting in a parking lot at Castle Rock King Soopers, according to the 18th Office of the Public Prosecutor.

Hugo Vazquez-Topete, 29, pleaded guilty on December 17 to first degree assault, and other charges were dismissed as part of a plea deal, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement from hurry.

the Castle Rock Police Department (CRPD) recommended more than 30 criminal charges in total for Vazquez-Topete and Benito Bautista, 27, of Denver, in the August 6, 2019 shooting that left one victim injured.

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CRPD detectives determined that the shooting resulted from an altercation at the King Soopers gas pumps at 750 N. Ridge Road. The victim and the suspects did not know each other, the prosecutor’s office said.

The victim and his friends got into their vehicle and went to the red light outside the parking lot. Vazquez-Topete and Bautista shot at the vehicle and the victim was shot in the chest.

Vazquez-Topete’s shot hit the victim, while Bautista’s shot didn’t hit anyone. Another person in their vehicle did not fire any shots and was not charged, the prosecutor’s office said.

The victim was taken to hospital and survived.

“In addition to almost killing the victim, [Vazquez-Topete] has also endangered many people and has shown a total disregard for the value of human life, ”Senior Deputy District Attorney Jake Adkins said in the statement.

Bautista pleaded guilty in November 2020 to attempted first-degree assault and was sentenced to 14 years in prison.

According to court records, Vazquez-Topete initially faced the following charges:

  • 7 counts of attempted first degree murder
  • First degree assault with a lethal weapon
  • First degree assault with extreme indifference
  • 6 counts of attempted assault in the first degree with extreme indifference
  • Violation of the bond conditions
  • Possession of a weapon by a former offender
  • Use of a weapon in a violent crime (strengthening of the penalty)

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