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CRIME BRIEFS

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By Sal Christ

Trial date set in Sichting, Alberga case

An Oct. 22 trial date has been set in the case of Wynn Sichting and Daniel Alberga, the two men accused of beating and imprisoning a 21-year old man in Conifer last September.

Sichting faces more than a dozen felony charges, including one count of first-degree attempted murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, assault in the second degree, menacing with a deadly weapon, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Alberga faces 10 felony counts in connection with the case, including four different counts of kidnapping, two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of robbery and two counts of second-degree assault causing injury with a deadly weapon.

Both men pleaded not guilty to all charges April 16.

Sichting is accused of trying to kill his nephew, Adonis Cherokee Gomez, on Sept. 11, 2017, after Gomez attempted to retrieve belongings he’d left behind after moving out of Sichting’s home in the 27000 block of Parson Road a week before. According to an arrest affidavit from the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office, Gomez was retrieving a “handyman jack” from his uncle’s home when Sichting accused him of trying to steal $3,000 and began beating him before forcing him into a metal shipping container. Sichting and Alberga are alleged to have then removed Gomez’s clothing and beat him for several hours using their hands, feet and a hard wooden object.

Sichting allegedly told his nephew that he was going to “bury” him and “put (him) in the ground” during the course of Gomez’s time in the shipping container.

Deceased suspect in attempted carjacking ID’ed as Wheat Ridge High student

The juvenile suspect in an attempted carjacking near Wellington Lake on June 3 has been identified as Alexander Burger, a 17-year-old Wheat Ridge High School student.

Burger died while in the custody of Park County sheriff’s deputies after he allegedly attempted to carjack someone on County Road 70 near Echo Valley Ranch at around 4:30 p.m. According to a released statement from the Park County Sheriff’s Office, the carjacking victim escaped and flagged down an employee of the ranch, who confronted Burger. During the confrontation, Burger sustained a gunshot wound and the ranch employee was stabbed several times. While the ranch employee was transported in a Flight for Life helicopter to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, Burger died on the scene.

In a statement sent to parents and students at Wheat Ridge High, Principal Josh Cooley expressed sadness over Burger’s death.

“We are all saddened when one of our students leaves this world,” he wrote. “It is difficult to accept the loss of a young life and the loss of so much potential. Our thoughts are with Alex’s family and the Wheat Ridge High School community at this painful time.”

While the Park County Coroner’s Office also confirmed Burger’s identity as the suspect in the attempted carjacking, it has yet to release an official cause of death, pending the completion of an autopsy and toxicology reports.

The stabbing victim, who hasn’t been identified, remains hospitalized in stable condition. The incident remains under investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Contact reporter Sal Christ at sal@evergreenco.com or at 303-350-1035. Follow her on Twitter at @decriture.