James Duran, a Palisade man accused of shootting another man and then placing him on some train tracks on Orchard Mesa has been found guilty and could face the rest of his like in prison. Jurors announced the verdict around 5:00 PM, Monday after hearing closing arguments in the morning. Duran is guilty of shooting Brad Hatch and then leaving him to die in December, 2003.
Duran is guilty of second degree attempted murder and of first degree assault. He was also found not guilty of aggravated robbery. He faces a mandatory 64 years in prison.
The trial lasted a week, but jurors took just four hours to find Duran guilty. Although Duran was free on bond during the trial, bond was revoked and Duran was taken into custody by court officers after the verdict was read.
Family and friends seated behind Duran huddled and sobbed following the verdict, as the now convicted felon is facing a mandatory 64 year sentence. Mesa County Sheriff's Office Investigator Steven King says he was pleased with the outcome.
Sentencing for Duran will take place on March 11TH at the Mesa County Justice Center.
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