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2006 shooter at Glenwood Springs restaurant gets 10 years

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” District Judge Denise Lynch sentenced a man Thursday to 10 years in prison for a shooting in the parking lot of the Oasis Restaurant in West Glenwood Springs more than two years ago that left another man injured.

Luis Carlos Bustillos, 29, of Albuquerque, N.M., pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder Thursday just before sentencing. Eight other felonies were dismissed: five counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, menacing and criminal mischief.

Bustillos gets credit toward the prison sentence for the 700 days he’s already spent in jail. He must also pay $455 in court costs.

On Aug. 11, 2006, Bustillos was kicked out of the Oasis for being too drunk and returned later around 11 p.m., firing about four or five shots in the parking lot. One bullet hit a car and others bounced around the parking lot. One of the bullets, fired from a handgun, hit the leg of Oscar Contreras, police said.

Contreras wasn’t seriously injured. Police thought Bustillos wasn’t specifically targeting Contreras but instead was probably trying to shoot at security personnel who removed him from the restaurant.

Glenwood Springs police would later learn Bustillos was arrested by the Colorado State Patrol on Interstate 70 shortly after the shooting on suspicion of DUI, cocaine possession and other charges. A break in the shooting case came a few months later when Bustillos told a fellow jail inmate in the Eagle County Jail about the shooting.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Glenwood Springs notified police that someone in the process of being deported had information about a shooting in West Glenwood Springs. Police interviewed the man, who told them he was in the Eagle County Jail with a guy named Luis who said he had “shot up the Oasis,” police said.

The man reportedly told authorities about it after he and Bustillos had some kind of disagreement. Police said the inmate’s account included many details about the shooting, and witnesses to the shooting also helped identify Bustillos.

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