Man once accused of murder in RTD station shooting pleads guilty to reduced charges

Posted at 6:09 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 20:10:32-04

DENVER – One of two teens initially charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of an RTD passenger at a light rail station in Denver reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Ever Valles, 19, pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and a felony accessory charge in connection with the February incident.

A judge dismissed his original charges of first-degree murder, murder in the first-degree-robbery, murder in the first degree-kidnapping and second-degree kidnapping as part of the plea deal. The reduced charges carry a possible prison sentence of more than 30 years.

Valles and another teen, Nathan Valdez, reportedly robbed Tim Cruz, 32, before killing him at the Sheridan Station on Feb. 7. Valdez, the alleged triggerman, remains in custody and is facing several felony charges, including first-degree murder.

Prior to the February shooting, Valles, a citizen of Mexico, was put on an ICE detainer following an arrestfor vehicle theft back in October of 2016, according to an ICE official.

A sentencing date for Valles is not known.