Man gets 48 years for tying up and shooting 2 men

Robert Montoya

Robert Montoya

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A man was sentenced to 48 years in prison for the tying up two men and shooting them in March 2004.

Investigators say Robert Montoya, co-owner of a marijuana operation, visited the rental home in Evergreen where the marijuana plants were grown and found two strange men in the home.

When Montoya arrived, police say, he confronted Ed Miller and Leland Travis, who were hired to clean the home.

According to an FBI crime alert, Montoya tied the hands of the two victims behind their backs and shot them execution style.

One victim was shot four times, twice in the leg and twice in the torso. The second victim was found lying on the floor bleeding from gunshot wounds to the chest, face and arm.

Both men survived.

Investigators learned Montoya fled to Mexico and they began a joint operation involving the FBI, the U.S. Marshal’s Office and Mexican authorities that led to Montoya’s arrest . 

In 2011, Montoya was returned to Colorado and pleaded guilty to Attempted First Degree Murder and sentenced December 6 to 48 years in prison.

Story by Paula Vargas

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