Man pleads guilty to menacing

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A 21-year-old man charged with stabbing a man pleaded guilty to menacing, a Class 5 felony, Friday.

Damien Poot-May was arrested March 29 on charges he stabbed Normando Munoz-Nunnez, 34, during a fight near Riverside Drive.

The menacing charge indicates Poot-May placed Munoz-Nunnez in fear of imminent serious bodily injury by the use of a deadly weapon. That charge could result in one to three years in prison, followed by two years of patrol, and a fine of up to $100,000.

He could pay more than $20,000 in restitution for medical costs if medical bills are produced.

Poot-May stabbed Munoz-Nunnez once in the stomach and once in the shoulder during a fight in a parking area on Riverside Drive just before midnight March 28.

Poot-May admitted to fighting with Munoz-Nunnez and owning the knife, a police report stated. Through a Spanish translator, Poot-May told police the knife fell out of his pocket during the fight.

Police found blood on Poot-May's pant legs, a cut on his middle finger, a bandage on his left arm and blood on his shirt.

Police found Munoz-Nunnez bleeding heavily from his stomach. The man lost consciousness and was taken to the hospital.

The Routt County Jail is holding Poot-May as an illegal immigrant. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service) policy is for illegal immigrants accused of crimes to stay in jail until tried and, if convicted, to serve their sentences before being deported to their countries.

District Judge Michael O'Hara said the probation department would prepare a report recommending a sentence. The sentencing will take place at 1 p.m. Aug. 10.

-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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