Judge refuses to let woman reunite with Fort Collins man who shot her

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  • Sarah Harris (Photo: DerbySisterSupport.org)
  • Raphael Ogaz-Montoya

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Sarah Harris says she feels safe around her longtime boyfriend, Raphael Ogaz-Montoya, these days. A Larimer County judge didn’t let her plea influence his decision.

Taking into account the fact that Ogaz-Montoya had shot Harris in the head just over three months ago, Judge Stephen Howard refused to lift a restraining order that is keeping Harris away from the home she once shared with Ogaz-Montoya.

“Statistically … there have been too many situations where victims of domestic violence have asked to have orders lifted. It’s better for me to be safe,” Howard told Harris in court on Monday, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

Harris, 24, was shot in the head by Ogaz-Montoya on Oct. 22 during a dispute between the two in their Fort Collins home. Ogaz-Montoya, who prosecutors say has a history of abuse, was drunk at the time.

Ogaz-Montoya is being charged with first-degree assault and prohibited use of a weapon and is due back in court on Mar. 1. He says the shooting was an accident, and Harris said the same thing Monday.

Harris was hospitalized for weeks after the shooting, using funds raised by her roller derby team to help pay for her medical bills. Instead of sitting with those roller derby teammates on Monday — something she had typically done, according to the Coloradoan — Harris sat with Ogaz-Montoya and his family.

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