CENTENNIAL | An Arapahoe County district court judge sentenced a 19-year-old man last week to 22 years in prison for a 2019 random crime spree that included shooting a stranger and then pistol-whipping the man as he lay bleeding on along the road.
“The defendant terrorized people (for two months), impacting many more people than our two named victims,” Deputy District Attorney Ryan Chun told the judge during a Dec. 17 sentencing hearing. “He shot at people he didn’t know and committed horrendous, senseless violence.”
The crime spree began the afternoon of Nov. 14, 2019 when Colton Robichaud was driving a stolen car along Pheasant Run Parkway near South Laredo Street in southeast Aurora.
Robichaud and Jaden Lee Saenz, 20, were driving when they came across a friend walking with an 18-year-old man along the road.
“Robichaud pulled out a gun and got out of the car,” 18th Judicial District court officials said in a report. “The victim and his friend started running. Robichaud shot the victim, who fell to the ground.”
Robichaud then walked over to the man he’d shot in the abdomen and beat him with his gun, according to the court report.
He then stole the injured man’s cell phone and backpack, got back in the stolen car with Saenz and drove away, leaving the bleeding man.
Police said onlookers came to the victim’s aid, along with the shooting victim’s friend.
Witnesses described the stolen car and police soon found it with Robichaud and Saenz inside.
In addition to attempted murder charges from the shooting, Robichaud was also linked to previous crimes, including shooting at a man two days earlier six times as the man sat inside his car.
That man was in a parked car and honked his horn at Robichaud when he was nearby. Robichaud fired at the man’s car but didn’t hit the driver.
Robichaud pleaded guilty to the 2019 attempted murder charge in October of this year.
Other charges were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
“There is a time for efforts at rehabilitation, but once you pick up a gun and shoot someone, there must be consequences,” said 18th Judicial District Attorney John Kellner. “This victim sustained major, severe injuries. The choices this defendant made have led to this appropriate outcome, which is a prison sentence.”
Saenz pleaded guilty this summer to robbery and third-degree assault. He was sentenced to 10 months in jail, 100 hours of community service and four years of probation.