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Quintana pleads to misdemeanor charge

by Eric Mullens

WALSENBURG — Former John Mall High School stand out athlete, Garrett Quintana, 20, entered into a plea agreement this week in district court for his role in procuring alcohol associated with a teen drinking party in the city.

The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office had filed two class four felony charges; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, and a class one misdemeanor; providing alcohol to a minor, against Quintana and the other adult charged in association with the incident, Christopher Cruz.

On Monday, Oct. 23, Quintana, accompanied by his attorney Joe Koncilja of Pueblo, pleaded guilty to the single misdemeanor charge in District Judge Claude Appel’s courtroom.

The judge sentenced the Adams State University business student to one year of probation and 16 hours of useful public service.  No fines were assessed against the defendant.

Cruz is scheduled to appear in court on the same charges for a status conference at 10 am Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Both suspects were arrested by Huerfano Sheriff’s deputies on Monday, July 31, 2017, and were initially held on $5,000 c/s bonds. Both suspects quickly bonded out of custody.

A field investigation by HCSO Captain Craig Lessar and Sergeant Corey Daniels began after they responded with Spanish Peaks Ambulance to a location in the 500 block of W. Seventh where a 15-year old female was found highly intoxicated at about 1 am July 29. The minor was transported to SPRHC’s emergency room for treatment of possible alcohol poisoning. Further investigation that morning led deputies to a location on north Walsen Avenue where a number of teens were found in possession of alcohol. Those cases are making their way through either county court, or the district court’s juvenile division. Quintana and Cruz were the only adults charged in connection with the incident.

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