Jesus Yeizon Deniz, the 18-year-old Wyoming man accused of a July 29 triple-shooting near Pryor that left two people dead and another wounded, also has a pending case in Washakie County, Wyo., for burglary and drug charges and had been released from jail there on a modified bond in mid-July.
Washakie County Attorney John Worrall said on Friday that Deniz appeared in court on July 2 on a misdemeanor drug charge and then on July 6 for felony burglary. The burglary charge stems from accusations that Deniz broke into a vehicle and stole a number of items, including jewelry and four handguns.
A judge initially set a bond at $15,000 in that case. On July 16, after discussions with Deniz’s attorneys and family, the judge modified that bond and Deniz was soon released on a signature bond, which doesn’t require the initial posting of a bond based on Deniz’s promise that he’d follow the court’s orders, appear in court as directed and would pay a penalty if he violated those orders, Worrall said.
He also was required to check in twice daily with the court, which he had been doing until the morning of the shooting, Worrall said.
“At the time, there was no reason to believe he’d do something this serious,” he said. “It was a motion made by his attorney. It’s a decision that was not taken lightly based on the information available at that time.”
Deniz is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Billings on Friday afternoon on accusations that he used a rifle to shoot and kill a married couple, identified by relatives as 50-year-old Tana Shane and 54-year-old Jason Shane, and wound their daughter, 24-year-old Jorah Shane, after they stopped to help along the side of the road near Pryor.
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An affidavit filed on Thursday in federal court by investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that the Shanes were driving along Pryor Gap Road when they stopped to help an unknown man, later identified as Deniz, stranded on the side of the road.
As they stopped, Deniz pulled out a rifle and pointed it at them, told them to get out of the car and demanded money, according to the court documents. The complaint goes on to say that he told them to start walking and then shot and killed Tana and Jason Shane and shot Jorah Shane as she ran away.
Jorah Shane managed to run to a nearby nearby school and get help. She was flown by helicopter to St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings, where relatives said, as of Thursday, she was still recovering.
Law enforcement officials arrested Deniz later that day near Meeteetse, Wyo., in what they said was the family’s car.
The complaint states that during an interview with investigators, Deniz admitted to shooting three people with a .22 caliber rifle before driving away in their vehicle “because he was getting tired of waiting around, and because the daughter laughed at him.”
According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Deniz was legally admitted to the United States from Mexico in May 2013 at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
"This individual does not have any criminal convictions, and, as a permanent resident, is not currently removable," the agency said Friday in a written statement. "Thus, an ICE detainer cannot be placed on the individual at this time. However, ICE is closely monitoring this case and coordinating with local authorities. If he is convicted for a criminal offense that allows him to be removed from the country, after the completion of sentence, ICE intends to take him into custody and pursue his removal from the United States."