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Shooting suspect was Iraq war veteran

Greeley Tribune
Vail, CO Colorado
Greeley TribuneRicardo Cortez waves a sign last March in a war protest along 23rd Avenue in south Greeley.
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GREELEY ” The man who turned himself in for the shooting of two Greeley residents Sunday night was an Iraq war veteran who publicly protested the war this past spring.

Ricardo Cortez, 24, is accused of shooting and killing his ex-wife, Nikki Cortez, 21, and wounding Sam Jantz in a west Greeley neighborhood Sunday night.

He organized a protest against the war in March, the anniversary of the invasion, where he and others held signs along 23rd Avenue in south Greeley. He told The Tribune then that he was a Navy medic in Iraq during the invasion of 2003 and in Fallujah in 2004.

He also participated in an anti-war protest in late August in Greeley.

Cortez had a brief criminal history in Weld and Larimer counties, but just last week took a plea bargain in a second-degree assault and false imprisonment case.

He was arrested five days after participating in a protest of the Iraqi war along 23rd Avenue in south Greeley. He was originally charged with second-degree assault causing serious bodily injury, false imprisonment by force for more than 12 hours, felony menacing with a real or simulated weapon and third-degree assault that recklessly caused injury.

He took a plea bargain in the case just last week, and was due to be sentenced Nov. 1. No further information about that case is available at this time.

In 2004, Cortez was arrested for driving under the influence in Larimer County, later plea bargaining the case to driving while ability impaired; in 2000, he was charged for being a minor in possession of alcohol, but that was dismissed two days later.


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