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DENVER — The man accused of shooting and seriously wounding Denver Police Officer Tony Lopez Jr. last December pleaded guilty Friday.

Jason Wood, 36, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder, robbery and possession of contraband. The guilty pleas came for three separate crimes.

  1. On September 30, 2015, Wood and a co-defendant, Jennifer Lovato, 39, went into a home in the 3800 block of Perry Street, assaulted two people, and then stole tattoo equipment and a woman’s purse.
  2. On December 8, 2015, Wood opened fire on Denver police officer Tony Lopez, Jr. during a traffic stop near Federal Boulevard and Clyde Place, and then carjacked a vehicle in an attempt to flee the scene.
  3. In April, a homemade knife was found in Wood’s jail cell.
Sgt. Tony Lopez Jr. and his newborn son

Sgt. Tony Lopez Jr. and his newborn son

Wood will be sentenced Friday, June 17. He could get 52 years in prison.

Sgt. Lopez and his family were in the courtroom Friday to observe the disposition hearing.

“There were two fortunate men in that courtroom today, saved by a simple tourniquet. It saved Officer Lopez’s life, and the defendant avoided a life sentence or worse. Officer Lopez continues a long and difficult recovery, and we wish him and his family the very best,” Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said.