A teen charged as an adult for his part in a violent crime spree that included the shooting of an 18-year-old Arvada man was sentenced on August 17, 2018. Luis Julian Riso, DOB: 4-15-00, was given a 21-year prison sentence, suspended upon successful completion of seven years in the Youthful Offender System (YOS). Riso is the last of eight defendants charged in this case to be convicted and sentenced.
On January 27, 2017 six males and two females participated in the kidnapping, assault, robbery, extortion, car theft, and shooting of the young man. The group of eight included two adults and six juveniles. Each was charged, convicted and sentenced according to their participation. Three of the juveniles were charged as adults.
The victim was lured from his home under the pretense of meeting a friend to “hang out” and smoke marijuana. He got into a car with the friend, 16-year-old Jared Welfl, and 18-year-old Anthony Villegas in front of his house at 7047 Otis Street in Arvada. He was driven to a park where they met up with the other six members of the group, some of whom were in another car.
The group drove the victim to his home where he was forced to reveal where things were kept inside the house. Members of the group went in and stole items as his parents and siblings slept inside. The defendants drove away in two cars, with the victim still held captive. The defendants continued to torment and assault him. During the course of the kidnapping, he was forced to strip naked, repeatedly beaten, and pistol whipped. Later in the evening, on the Boulder Turnpike, near Pecos, the victim was shot in the leg and thrown from the car. He was left on the side of the road, naked in the frigid, 14 degree winter night. He suffered broken bones, lacerations, and a gunshot. After he was left on the side of the road, his captors returned to his home and stole a vehicle. They also set fire to one of the original cars in which they had arrived.
“This was an incredibly violent crime against a young man whose life is forever changed,” said District Attorney Pete Weir, “Eight defendants, six of whom were juveniles, and multiple crime scenes made this a very complex criminal investigation and prosecution, requiring thousands of hours to achieve justice for this victim and his family.”
The Youthful Offender System (YOS) is a correctional facility under the control of the Department of Corrections designed for young offenders who are charged with a violent crime and prosecuted as adults. A YOS sentence always accompanies a suspended Department of Corrections sentence. This is a controlled, regimented environment where the primary focus is public safety, rehabilitation, and development of pro-social behaviors.
THE EIGHT DEFENDANTS
Luis Riso was 16 at the time of the offense. He pled guilty on June 22 to Kidnapping (F2); Aggravated Robbery (F3); Burglary (F3); Assault (F4); and one violent crime count.
Anthony Villegas, DOB: 10-14-98, was sentenced to 34 years in prison on July 17, 2018 for his role. He was 18 at the time. He was the ringleader of the operation and shot the victim. Villegas pled guilty to Kidnapping (F3); Assault 1 (F3); Aggravated Robbery (F3); and 2 Crime of Violence counts.
Alaya Lovato, DOB: 11-3-98, was sentenced on July 19, 2018 to three years probation + 100 hours community service. Lovato was an adult at the time of the offense. She pled guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery(F4) and Possession of 2 Financial Transaction Devices(F6).
Steve Voegtlin, DOB: 12-6-99, was sentenced for his role on Sept 22, 2017. He was given a 21-year suspended prison sentence on the condition that he complete seven years in the YOS. Voegtlin was 17 at the time, but was charged as an adult. He drove one of the cars and fired shots threatening the victim. He pled guilty to Kidnapping(F2); Aggravated Robbery(F3); Assault 2(F4); Burglary 1(F3); Resisting Arrest; and one Violent Crime Count.
Jared Welfl, DOB: 8-6-00, was sentenced for his role on January 18, 2018. He was given a 15-year suspended prison sentence on the condition he successfully complete five years in the YOS. Welfl was 16 at the time, but was charged as an adult. He was the friend who lured the victim into the car. Welfl pled guilty to Kidnapping 2 (F2); Aggravated Robbery(F3); Burglary 1(F3); and Assault 2 (F4).
A 17-year-old female was sentenced on November 14, 2017 to 0-2 years in the Division of Youth Corrections(DYC) for her role. She was charged as a juvenile and pled guilty to Robbery (F4) and Conspiracy to Commit Burglary 1 (F4).
A 17-year-old male was sentenced on October 11, 2017 to two years in the DYS for his role. He was charged as a juvenile and pled guilty to two counts of Aggravated Robbery (F4); Burglary (F3); Theft (F6); Motor Vehicle Theft (F6); Tampering with Evidence (F6); Assault (F4); and 2 counts of Violent Juvenile Offender.
A 16-year-old male was sentenced on September 14, 2017 to two years in the DYS for his role. He was charged as a juvenile and pled guilty to Aggravated Robbery(F3); Burglary 1(F3); Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft(F4); Tampering w/Evidence(F6); Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Robbery(F4); Theft(F4); Assault 2(F4); and 2 counts of Violent Juvenile Offender.