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Aug 19, 2014 6:35 PM by Andy Koen

Backyard marijuana shooter may have been protecting 86 year old dad

PUEBLO - A man arrested for shooting a teenager with a pellet gun for trying to take marijuana from his backyard may have been trying to protect his octogenarian father. Raymond Lucero, 86, said a few weeks before the shooting that he was pulling weeds in his garden when a teenager threw a rock the size of softball at him hitting his shoulder.

Neither he nor his son Jason reported the incident to the police. However, Raymond said it startled Jason enough to put barbed wire up on the fence around the property.

Raymond said he didn't keep track of how many marijuana plants were in the yard. He said neither he nor his son intended to sell the drug, but rather grew the plants for their own use.

Under Amendment 64, adults in Colorado can only grow up to 6 marijuana plants per person and those plants must be kept in a locked enclosure.

The police estimate there are at least 115 plants growing in the Lucero's yard. Jason Lucero was released on bail Monday and is due in court next August 25.

He is currently facing a single felony charge of assault for shooting a 13-year-old boy with the pellet gun.

In court documents, two other teens told detectives they were with the victim and an adult, 28-year-old Miguel Castillo, when they jumped fences and ran across backyards to get close to the Lucero's marijuana plants.

We've asked the district attorney and Pueblo police whether additional charges may be filed. All they could say was that the investigation is ongoing.

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