We’ve likely all heard stories of seemingly normal kids from good families who seem to lose their way. In many cases, these kids get caught up with a bad crowd or become involved with drugs and alcohol. These factors along with lack of life experience and a false belief of invincibility likely contributed to crimes carried out by one 19-year-old Colorado man.

The 19-year-old was recently sentenced to serve 10 years in prison for his role in an armed robbery. The 19-year-old and two accomplices, aged 23 and 18, drove to the home of a high school student known to have prescription drugs. Upon entering the home through an unlocked door, the three proceeded to taze and threaten the student with guns until he gave them the prescription drugs.

The 19-year-old was also involved in a case in which he was accused of shooting a gun at an individual after a botched drug deal. The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder and is currently awaiting sentencing in the matter.

For his role in the armed robbery case, the 19-year-old pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery. Upon sentencing the young man, the judge in the case imposed the minimum sentence citing the 19-year-old’s efforts to turn his life around while he was awaiting sentencing. Additionally, the judge noted that she believed the young man could be successfully rehabilitated and "do well in his community" upon his eventual release.

This case serves as an example of how teenagers and young adults can get caught up in situations where matters quickly get out of control. Teenagers often don’t realize how serious certain actions can be and the legal implications facing charges such as aggravated robbery or attempted murder.

Colorado teenagers or young adults facing criminal charges would be wise to contact a criminal defense attorney. A legal professional will fight for an individual’s rights and help provide for the best possible legal outcome.

Source: Daily Camera, ”
Lafayette man, 19, sentenced to 10 years in prison for Erie home invasion, Mitchell Byars, March 20, 2013