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Pueblo probation officer wants to revoke violent felon’s probation on $400,000 bonds, records show

By on April 7, 2022 0

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) – A Pueblo man charged with being a repeat offender while on six-figure bail was back in court Wednesday.

Leonard Cordova is accused of shooting his girlfriend and charged with attempted murder in September 2021 and filing six subsequent bonds for $447,500, but has not been jailed for those alleged crimes.

In the arrest affidavit, one of the women who was shot told officers that Cordova sent her a video of her removing her ankle monitor. He then texted her saying, “I’m picking you up.”

Later that night, Cordova allegedly fired several bullets into the woman’s car and chased her and another woman to Parkview Medical Center, where the two women admitted themselves to hospital with wounds by ball in the leg.

Cordova’s bail hearing was pushed back to next week on Wednesday, meaning he remains free on bail, despite records that show a Pueblo probation officer is seeking his probation revoked and a sentence jail to ensue.

In a file obtained by 13 Investigations, said his probation officer, “the probation service respectfully recommends that the probation sentence granted to the defendant be revoked”. It adds that “if the accused has been found guilty on all or part of the charges in the case pending before the Court, he shall be sentenced to such term of imprisonment as the Court deems reasonable”.

Jeremy Loew, a Colorado Springs attorney, said judges must grant bail to defendants charged with committing crimes less than a charge of first-degree murder.

“He is entitled to bail as long as it is not a probation revocation or first degree murder, the judge has no discretion not to impose bail,” Loew said. . “The most important thing a judge considers when reviewing the bond criteria is the safety of the community.”

Court documents reveal that Cordova has violated probation for a total of 20 offenses over the past two years. The offenses are all related to his various felony charges.

Cordova was placed on probation after being charged with threatening felony, domestic violence and criminal mischief stemming from a woman’s claims that he ‘attempted to punch her in the face with a clenched fist’, during a disorder domestic in February 2020, according to court documents.

Records show that several of his charges were dropped in this case. However, he pleaded guilty to trespassing and intent to commit a felony, a class six felony. His 24-month probation sentence was then handed down.

The accused of attempted murder did not answer various questions posed by 13 Investigations about his alleged crimes or how he managed to post hundreds of thousands of dollars in bail over the past six months. Córdoba’s defense attorney also did not comment when appearing in court today.

In September 2021, Cordova posted $100,000 bond. Court records show that about four months later, in January, he re-linked himself after posting nearly $300,000 in cash bail related to allegations of tampering with his ankle monitor, drinking alcohol and attempted contact with a victim.

13 Investigations requested an interview with Pueblo County Chief Judge Deborah Eyler, who oversees Cordoba’s various criminal cases. She declined our requests several times.

Instead, she said judges use Colorado Revised Law §16-4-103 to determine bond criteria.

The revised law states in 3A: “The type of bond and the conditions of release shall be sufficient to reasonably ensure the person’s appearance as required and to protect the safety of any person or the community, taking into account individual characteristics. of each person in custody, including the financial situation of the person.”

4A goes on to say that people are eligible for bail on the “least restrictive terms consistent with the provisions of 3A.”

5A-5J indicate that the following criteria are taken into account:

  • The professional status and background of the detainee.
  • The nature and extent of the detainee’s family relationships.
  • Past and present residences of the detained person.
  • The character and reputation of the detained person.
  • Identity of persons who agree to assist the detainee to attend court in due time.
  • The probable sentence, taking into account the nature and the offense currently charged.
  • The prior criminal record, if any, of the detainee and any prior failure to appear in court.
  • Any facts indicating the possibility of violations of the law if the detained person is released without certain conditions of release.
  • Any fact indicating that the defendant is likely to intimidate or harass potential witnesses
  • Any other fact tending to indicate that the detained person has close ties to the community and is not likely to flee jurisdiction.