Denver Man Sentenced to Ten Years Imprisonment for Firing Gun in Parking Lot During Attempted Carjacking
Defendant Discharged Firearm After Victim Refused to Turn Over Keys to Car Containing Her Dog
DENVER – Jeremy Lee Cabral, age 22, of Denver, Colorado, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson to serve 120 months (10 years) in federal prison for discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer and FBI Special Agent in Charge Calvin Shivers announced. Following his prison sentence, Judge Jackson ordered the defendant to serve five years on supervised release. The defendant, in custody since his arrest on February 3, 2016, was remanded.
Cabral was initially charged in a criminal complaint on February 26, 2016 with one count of carjacking and one count of using a firearm. A federal grand jury charged him with two counts of carjacking and one count of using a firearm in an indictment returned on June 21, 2016.
According to court documents, including the stipulated facts contained in the defendant’s plea agreement, the defendant’s day of crime began when he crashed the car he was driving in Westminster on the morning of February 3, 2016. After fleeing from the scene of that accident, the defendant stole a car at gunpoint from a victim in the parking lot of a bookstore. The defendant used the stolen car until he got it got it stuck in a snowbank while trying to drive the wrong way into a carwash. He then strolled into a nearby video game store, retrieved his gun from an accomplice, and walked into the parking lot of a nearby grocery store. There, he showed his gun to a victim standing next to a car and demanded the keys. When the victim refused, explaining that a dog was in the car, the defendant repeated his demand and, when the victim ran away, fired his gun. The defendant and his accomplice fled into a residential neighborhood and were arrested while ringing the doorbell of a residence.
The accomplice, who pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting a carjacking, was sentenced in November 2016 to 40 months’ imprisonment and a term of supervised release.
The case was investigated by the FBI, the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, and the City of Westminster Police Department.
The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bryan D. Fields.