By Marcus Huff
Staff Writer 

Charges dropped against Ten Sleep canyon shooter

WORLAND – Attempted second degree murder charges have been dropped in the case of a 2013 shooting in Ten Sleep Canyon, previously admitted to by former Worland resident Jesus Y. Deniz, currently serving a life sentence in Montana for a 2015 double murder.

 

February 2, 2018



WORLAND – Attempted second degree murder charges have been dropped in the case of a 2013 shooting in Ten Sleep Canyon, previously admitted to by former Worland resident Jesus Y. Deniz, currently serving a life sentence in Montana for a 2015 double murder.

As previously reported in the Northern Wyoming Daily News, during the early morning hours of Sept. 16, 2013, emergency room staff at Washakie Medical Center in Worland notified law enforcement that gunshot victim Jose Luis Mosquera Araujo, of Ecuador, had visited the ER.

Araujo and girlfriend Ana Deaconu, rock climbers, had been camping in Ten Sleep Canyon when at about 2 a.m., they heard something fall on their tent. Exiting the tent, they heard the sound of a gunshot and Araujo felt like he had been hit with something.

Araujo and Deaconu then left the canyon to visit the ER in Worland.

Araujo survived the shooting and returned to Ecuador, but the case went unsolved for two years.

After his arrest for the July 2015 Pryor, Mont., murders of Jason and Tana Shane, along with the wounding their daughter Jorah, Deniz admitted to authorities that he had committed the Ten Sleep Canyon shooting, and was charged by the Washakie County Attorney’s Office in October 2015.


After charges were dropped in January, Washakie County Attorney John Worrall explained that “he [Deniz] got life plus 60 years[for the Montana murders], so there’s no point in filing a detainer on a dead guy. Plus we would have to import two witnesses from Ecuador for a crime he already admitted to.”

Worrall verified that the Washakie County Victims Advocate office has made an attempt to contact Jose Araujo of the county’s decision to drop the charges.

 
 

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