Daniel Lucas Colondres was sentenced Friday to 15 years and six months for the attempted murder of Taylor George and attempted voluntary manslaughter of Shanti Reynolds.
Colondres, 25 at the time, had been stalking Reynolds for a period of time before he broke into her residence in the gated Lake Wildwood community Aug. 20, 2011.
He slashed Reynolds and George, her boyfriend, with a knife before a neighbor drove him off by hitting him with a golf club.
In court, George told Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson that being awakened by a masked man trying to kill him was his “worst nightmare,” a nightmare he often had as a child.
Colondres had ample opportunity to flee but chose to continue attacking the couple, George said.
“I don’t think he thinks the laws apply to him,” George said.
Reynolds did not speak in court but provided a written statement that told Colondres that his actions had changed her life.
“It’s been challenging trying to get back to a normal life,” Reynolds wrote, adding, “You did not win. I am no longer a victim of yours.”
She also thanked the many people who risked their lives for her and cared for her after the attack, as well as the jurors.
A jury found Colondres guilty of attempted murder in the assault against George, as well as special allegations that he had acted with deliberation and premeditation and used a deadly weapon. They found him guilty of the lesser charge of attempted voluntary manslaughter in the assault on Reynolds, adding a special allegation that he used a deadly weapon.
The panel also found Colondres guilty of first-degree burglary with a person present and while using a deadly weapon, making a criminal threat while using a deadly weapon, two counts of stalking, dissuading a witness, tampering with a phone and vandalism causing more than $400 in damage.
Colondres’ court-appointed attorney, Kenneth Tribby, spoke on his behalf Friday, saying Colondres sincerely regretted his actions.
“He accepts full responsibility for what he’s done,” Tribby said. “He’s naive, a little immature. He has a demon … and that demon is alcohol.”
Tribby noted that Colondres has been participating in AA meetings.
“He got caught up in something he couldn’t handle,’ Tribby said. “He reacted badly.”
Anderson noted he had presided over the trial, adding that George’s comments at sentencing “put the case in its proper perspective.”
He followed the Probation Department’s pre-sentence report’s recommendation of 186 months in state prison, which will be served in two chunks — 90 months with only 15 percent time credit for good behavior, and then 96 months to life with no good-conduct credit.
The report cited a number of aggravating factors, including the use of a deadly weapon to commit a crime of “great violence.” It also noted a substantial prior criminal history, information that was not presented to the jury.
The probation officer found that because Colondres used the knife during a single occasion, an enhancement that he used a deadly weapon could be imposed only once in the attempted voluntary manslaughter, criminal threat and burglary counts. According to the report, both stalking counts occurred during a single course of criminal conduct, and therefore, the sentence for the second count should be stayed. The report noted that Colondres had more than one year and six months custody time.
“I’m hopeful that today will be the start of more healing for everybody,” said Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson, the lead prosecutor on the case.
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