Man who intentionally ran over victim with SUV convicted

Robert Carlos Silva-Jaquez was convicted on Jan. 23, 2014 for first-degree murder after running the victim over with his SUV. (Photo: District Attorney's Office)

Robert Carlos Silva-Jaquez was convicted on Jan. 23, 2014 for first-degree murder after running the victim over with his SUV. (Photo: District Attorney's Office)

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A man who killed another man after he intentionally ran over the victim with his SUV was sentenced to life in prison without parole by an Adams County District Court judge Friday.

Roberto Carlos Silva-Jaquez, 40, was convicted Thursday afternoon of first-degree murder for the November 2012 death of Ramon Blanco, stated a release from the Adams County DA.

He was also convicted on two counts of attempted first-degree murder against Jose Manriquez and one count of second-degree assault against Luis Manriquez, who are Blanco’s stepsons.

On Friday, the judge sentenced Silva-Jaquez to 48 years in prison to run in conjunction with the life sentence. He also gave a consecutive 16-year sentence for the second-degree assault conviction.

According to testimony during the trial, Silva-Jaquez drove to the mobile home of Blanco at 2901 W. 63rd Ave. after an altercation with Blanco and Jose Manriquez at a bar.

Blanco and Jose Manriquez were on the porch of their mobile home when Silva-Jaquez drove his Ford Bronco through the fence and collided into the porch and side of the mobile home.

Jose Mariquez was able to avoid the speeding SUV, but Blanco was run over by the vehicle and killed.

Luis Manriquez was asleep inside the home when he felt the impact from the SUV. He helped his brother pull Silva-Jaquez from the car, during which Silva-Jaquez took hold of a heavy chain and hit Luis Manriquez on the head with it.

Silva-Jaquez fled the scene on foot and was later arrested.

“This was a very complicated case,” said District Attorney Dave Young. “Our prosecution team did a tremendous job and I want to thank the jury for taking the time to sort out this difficult case and reach a correct and just verdict.”