We all have seen our share of B-grade movies about menacing. The evil villain skulks in dark alleyways, basements, maybe in the woods, twirling his moustache with a sardonic smile on his face while waiting for his unsuspecting victim to come near. Then he pounces on her and hauls her off to his cabin, laboratory or wherever he intends to imprison her. Sometimes the plot is so silly that the movie is downright funny. If you face charges of menacing in Colorado, however, this is no laughing matter.
Assault is a serious crime in Colorado. Upon conviction for assault, penalties range from 3 to 24 years in prison depending on the specific nature of the crime.
The crime of murder one, in Colorado, is the most severe type of homicide charge. There are several ways in which one may commit a murder in the first degree.
Colorado has laws against the act known as "menacing." In Colorado, menacing involves knowingly placing someone "in fear of serious bodily injury" or attempting to do so. Menacing with a deadly weapon would be the act of threatening another person while brandishing a gun, knife or similar item.
In a rare ruling, an El Paso County judge dismissed a murder charge against Matthew Houston for the February death of Manuel "Manny" Vigil. Matthew Houston was represented by David Foley of The Foley Law Firm.