GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – A Jefferson County jury handed down guilty verdict for three men known as the Scream Mask Robbers.
The verdict was handed down exactly one year after the crime.
On Nov. 18, 2015, Miguel Sanders, Myloh Mason and Tyrone Richards committed a violent bank robbery in Lakewood. They shot and nearly killed one man and then tried to carjack a mother and daughter, Robin and Rhonda Torrez.
“The pain of it, you know, becomes less severe. I don’t think you’re ever going to forget it.,” Robin Torrez said.
The two were leaving the Sheridan Rec Center when the three men armed with guns approached them trying to steal their vehicle.
Robin Torrez was shot trying to fight off one of the men. She lost a finger in the attack.
“So I’m fighting one guy and I see out of the corner of my eye some other guy approach and start getting hit in the face with that guy … and then a third,” she said.
Her mother, Rhonda Torrez, who ran to her side was also severely beaten.
“I’m watching my beautiful daughter fight and block and these men didn’t have any remorse — they just kept going,” she said.
They would later learn the men just moments earlier had stormed into a Lakewood FirstBank wearing “Scream”-type masks, locked employees in a vault, and made off with more than $50,000 in cash.
Now, one year later and after three weeks of a tightly secured trial, a jury says all three men are guilty.
Jefferson County Chief Deputy District Attorney Robert Weiner says it was a strong ruling that in the end will send a strong message.
“We are going to be asking for a sentence that makes sure the community is safe and ensures that these guys will be off the streets so they can’t harm other people,” Weiner said.
The three men will likely be sentenced in December. With more than two dozen charges each, they will be looking at a lengthy prison sentence.
Karen Morfitt Joined the CBS4 team as a reporter in 2013. She covers a variety of stories in and around metro Denver. Connect with her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter @karenmorfitt or email her tips.