SAN MIGUEL COUNTY – One of two men facing 14 felony charges ranging from armed burglary to kidnapping in the September 2011 overnight assault and robbery following a home invasion in the Norwood area last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
In a plea agreement with Seventh District Judge Mary Deganhart, former Norwood resident Gregory Richard Broome, 42, pleaded guilty to burglary, and received a reduced sentence of 10 years in prison and fines of $463.
Credited with 301 days served, he will be eligible for parole in five years.
Broome was apprehended by San Miguel Sheriff Bill Masters in Clovis, N.M., shortly after the crime.
Broome and his accomplice, former Montrose County resident Ulises Omar-Felix, who remains at large, burst into the home of two licensed medical marijuana growers, wearing masks and brandishing AK-47s, on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Three others were charged in the case, including Omar-Felix’s sister, Brisa Felix-Gonzales, and her husband, Juan Carresco-Lopez, who accepted plea agreements and were deported to Mexico.
Felix-Gonzales is reported to have had connections to the Sinaloa drug cartel in the Phoenix area, SMSO Sgt. Mike Westcott said this week.
Omar-Felix’s wife, Ashley Montalvo, was also charged in the case, and faced sentencing, but violated her parole, disappearing with the couple’s two children, in late May.
She is suspected to be on the run with her husband.
The September 2011 home invasion followed a pattern similar to drug-related robberies. Broome has identified his partner in the home invasion, with overtones of drug-cartel home invasions elsewhere in the Southwest, as Omar-Felix. According to police records, the assailants tied up their victims with duct tape, put them in a shed and stunned at least one with a stun gun. Over the next 12 hours, they also tied up and pistol-whipped a female friend who had the bad luck to come by Powell and Fehrenbacker’s home in the Burn Canyon area.
The assailants made off with about 25 immature marijuana plants, $3,000 in cash, a .38 caliber revolver, and a Honda gasoline generator, allegedly taking several trips through the night, with their loot, to a different location.
The assault was reported September 7, after Powell chewed through his duct tape and escaped.
Investigating officers got a break the next day when visitors retrieved a pair of size 12 hiking boots from the San Miguel River. Inside the boots were camouflage gloves and a mask. Officers traced the items to the Wal-Mart store in Montrose, where bar code information led to surveillance videos of the two women, Montalvo and Felix-Gonzales, making the purchases and leaving the parking lot in a white Buick sedan.
“There are no magic walls,” Sheriff Bill Masters observed, following the September 2011 incident, protecting Americans from drug-cartel related violence.