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The people of the State of Colorado vs. Richard Wesley Anderson
Case Number – 2010CR454
For Immediate Release: March 16, 2012
Contact: Casimir Spencer
Public Information Officer
Man Sentenced to 111 years in prison for the 2010
Attempted Murder of Douglas County Sheriff Deputy
Castle Rock, Co. - Richard Wesley Anderson, 52, was sentenced to 111 years in the Department of Corrections today, for the 2010 Attempted Murder of Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Garcia. Additionally, Anderson was charged with 3 counts of First Degree Assault, 2 counts of Felony Menacing, Driving under the Influence and Reckless Endangerment.
“I will have to live with the scars of the bullet holes for the rest of my life”, Deputy Garcia told the court during the sentencing hearing. “Mr. Anderson wanted to take my life and I was not going to let that happen.”
“I wish I could take the pain away from Deputy Garcia and all other law enforcement officers that are a victim of a crime”, said Sheriff David A. Weaver of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. “But I can’t. I hope that someday he will wake up with out the pain of his physical injury, however I know the mental pain will never totally heal”.
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.
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.
“Deputy Garcia did not deserve to be put into the defendant’s action”, said Senior Deputy Distinct Attorney Jay Williford. “He was working on duty and responded to a call. He was doing his job. Deputy Garcia is a true American hero. The defendant is the polar opposite. He never gave Deputy Garcia a chance to respond. The idea that he was trying to take his own life – I question then why Mr. Anderson tried to get the malfunctioning gun to rework. He chose his specific action. Your honor, I ask the court to sentence the defendant to the maximum sentence that is allowed by the law”.
“He was screaming out that he was a police officer,” Judge Paul King told the defendant during sentencing. “You knew that he was a police officer and you emptied your gun into his car and tried to reload. These facts cannot be changed. You wanted to kill yourself but you emptied your weapon and tried to reload.”
Judge Paul King proceeded to sentence the defendant to 111 years in the Department of Corrections.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Jay Williford and Deputy District Attorney 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.