The people of the State of Colorado vs. Richard Wesley Anderson
Case Number – 2010CR454
For Immediate Release: December 15, 2011
Contact: Casimir Spencer
Public Information Officer
Man Found Guilty of 2010 Attempted Murder on
Douglas County Sheriff Deputy
Castle Rock, Co. - A Douglas County District Court jury found Richard Wesley Anderson, 52, guilty of Attempted Murder, 3 counts of First Degree Assault, 2 counts of Felony Menacing, Driving under the Influence and Reckless Endangerment today, after a 6-day trial and 2 days of deliberation.
On August 8, 2010, Anderson was out drinking at the Stagecoach bar in Franktown, Colorado. At approximately 2 am, the defendant left the bar without paying and was approached by a bar patron in the parking lot. The bar manager followed the defendant to the lot and requested that he pay his tab. Anderson responded to the request by threatening the manager. The manager attempted to calm the defendant down by telling him that Douglas County Sheriff Deputies were in route to the bar. In response, the defendant became violent and placed a gun to the head of the bar patron. After a brief struggle, the defendant left the bar driving northbound on Parker Road.
Douglas County Sheriff Deputy Michael Garcia responded to the area and located the defendant on Parker Road. The defendant then made a right turn onto Bayou Gulch Road and pulled over. Deputy Garcia pulled in behind the defendant and activated his cruiser lights. Within seconds of pulling over, the defendant got out of his vehicle and fired 13 rounds from his semi-automatic handgun at Deputy Garcia. One of the first rounds hit the deputy in the right arm. Despite being wounded, the deputy was able to return fire hitting Anderson twice, thereby neutralizing the defendant’s continued threat to the life of the officer. Deputy Garcia sustained a gunshot wound to his right tricep. After several months, he returned to active duty as a Douglas County Sheriff Deputy.
Sentencing is set for March 16, 2012.
Anderson faces a sentence of 16 to 48 years in the Department of Corrections for the Attempted Murder conviction, 10 to 32 years in the Department of Corrections for the First Degree Assault convictions, 2 to 6 years in the Department of Corrections for the Felony Menacing convictions, 1 year in county jail for the Driving Under the Influence conviction and 6 months in jail for the Reckless Endangerment conviction. The defendant is not eligible for probation.
Deputy District Attorneys Jay Williford and Christopher Gallo prosecuted the case on behalf of the District Attorney’s Office, 18th Judicial District. Detective David E. Weaver investigated the case on behalf of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
All defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.