Defendant Convicted of Attempted Murder for Stabbing Man During Fatal 2014 Aurora Bar Fight
Brighton, CO —Today District Attorney Brian Mason is announcing the Attempted Murder conviction of Bryant Montoya, 27. An Adams County Jury returned a guilty verdict on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, after a three-day jury trial.
On November 21, 2014, Bryant Montoya and Ignacio Luque-Verdugo, 37, were inside the Bronco Bar on East Montview Boulevard in Aurora. At 12:42am, Luque-Verdugo and Montoya engaged in a verbal and physical altercation with a group of men who were also inside the bar. The dispute appeared to center around an issue with a beer. At some point during the physical portion of the fight, Montoya stabbed Andres Cinto-Duran, 28, multiple times in the shoulder and back. Luque-Verdugo proceeded to brandish a firearm and discharged the weapon multiple times. Andres Cinto-Duran was struck in the torso, leg, and arms and was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Cinto-Duran’s brother was also struck and paralyzed as a result of the shooting. A third man was hit in the leg by gunfire, but he survived the shooting.
Montoya and Luque Verdugo left the bar after the shooting and assaulted a man outside. The two then fled the scene. Luque-Verdugo was arrested on July 13, 2015, and convicted of first-degree murder and related charges on April 14, 2017. Luque-Verdugo is now serving a life sentence in the Department of Corrections. Montoya was arrested on August 22, 2017, on felony drug charges in Arizona. His DNA was matched to the case in Aurora and he was subsequently charged for his role in the 2014 bar fight.
“I am pleased that both of the men who wreaked havoc on these innocent Aurora bar patrons in 2014 have now been brought to justice,” said District Attorney Brian Mason. “The actions of these two defendants ended the life of one man and forever altered the life of his brother. I want to personally thank the Aurora Police Department and its detectives for their years-long commitment to this case as well as to the jurors for delivering a just verdict.”
On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, an Adams County Jury convicted Bryant Montoya of four counts including,
Accessory to a Crime
Montoya will be sentenced on September 17, 2021, at 1:30pm before Judge Priscilla Loew.
Deputy District Attorney Troy Moyer led the prosecution of Mr. Montoya’s case. District Attorney Brian Mason convicted Mr. Luque-Verdugo in 2017. Aurora Police Detective Todd Fredericksen led the investigation of the case.
District Attorney Mason assumed the oath of office on January 12, 2021. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office endeavors to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties in felony and misdemeanor cases. DA Mason and his staff are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system to better serve the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.
Ms. Gazelka is a forensic therapist and clinician in Denver, Colorado. She is currently focused on providing therapy and assessment services to adult offenders in the community corrections and parole systems as a supervisor at Correctional Psychology Associates (CPA). Her education and career have been devoted to the intersection of psychology and law since 2000. Ms. Gazelka has been working within the field of forensic and correctional psychology since 2006, providing therapy in the community and acute mental health care and risk assessments in county jails. She has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor since June 2012. She also became a Licensed Addiction Counselor in March 2014. She was listed as a full operating level DVOMB Approved Provider in June 2019 and started a fledgling DV program oriented to Colorado’s Department of Corrections at CPA in September 2019. Ms. Gazelka was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in March 2019 and has started her second term with the board. Ms. Gazelka has been recognized for her work as Contributor of the Year at CPA in 2010 and 2012, as well as having been awarded an Alumni Impact Award for her forensic work in the community by University of Denver’s GSPP in 2019. Ms. Gazelka received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology from University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Ms. Gazelka also received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007, obtaining attorney’s licenses in both Minnesota and Colorado (currently inactive).
Alex Castro Croy
Alex Castro Croy is a bilingual, bicultural, Trauma and Addiction Counselor and owner/Lead Clinician of Life Recovery Centers in Denver and Northglenn Colorado.
A first-generation immigrant from Mexico who accomplished his dream in higher education receiving an AA in Pastoral Ministry (Dallas, Texas), Bachelor of Science in Human Services (MSU in Denver, Colorado) and MA in Community Counseling from Regis University (Denver, Co). He is continuing to pursue his MA/Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.
Alex’s passion includes training, teaching, counseling, and consulting. He has been an Adjunct Professor for the Human Services Department at MSU-Denver for 9 years. He has served as an Interventionist for the Latino GLBTQ community, Drug Court Probation Officer at Denver Juvenile Court Probation (8 years), Bilingual Diversion Officer for Denver DA office (5 years), and currently owner and director of Life Recovery Centers (7 years). He has worked with a variety of clients from all walks of life and his eclectic therapeutic interventions have proven to be effective in treating trauma and addiction.
Thea Wessel is an addictions counselor with a private practice in Colorado. She has been working in the criminal and addiction fields for thirteen years. Ms. Wessel earned her Masters in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and has her LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC, and ADS. She is working towards her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ms. Wessel continually challenges herself and others to provide quality addiction treatment and ways to continue to educate the community about addiction issues.