Friday, July 04, 2008

Second man pleads guilty to Boulder bias crime

Abraham Paquet to be sentenced in August

By Laura Snider
Thursday, July 3, 2008

Abraham Paquet

Both of the 19-year-old men accused of assaulting a Hispanic man outside of a Boulder convenience store in March, calling him a racial slur and asking him, “Why are you stealing our jobs?” have pleaded guilty to committing a bias-motivated crime.

Thursday, Abraham Paquet, of Broomfield, pleaded guilty to harassing Ivan Ponce De Leon-Najera, 26, of Louisville, outside a convenience store and also to stealing a 15-year-old’s skateboard earlier on the same day.

All other charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Both crimes are punishable by six to 18 months at the Boulder County Jail and a fine of between $500 and $5,000.

Paquet is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 22.

In May, Joshua Ruzek also pleaded guilty to committing a bias-motivated crime and, at the same time, admitted to tampering with the jail’s sprinkler heads while in custody, causing the jail to flood. He is now serving 18 months for harassing Ponce De Leon-Najera and six months more for criminal mischief.

The two men were arrested after officers saw them attacking Ponce De Leon-Najera outside the PDQ store at 5200 Manhattan Circle on March 11.
E.W. Scripps Co.

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