Rocky Ford to pay $1.3 mil­lion in suit

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Noelle Phillips

The town of Rocky Ford will pay $1.3 mil­lion to set­tle a law­suit filed by the fam­ily of a man fa­tally shot in the back by an on-duty po­lice of­fi­cer in 2014.

The money will be paid to Jack Jac­quez’s three mi­nor chil­dren and his mother, Vi­ola B. Jac­quez, ac­cord­ing to a copy of the set­tle­ment agree­ment ob­tained by The Den­ver Post. The set­tle­ment does not spec­ify how much each fam­ily mem­ber will re­ceive or what per­cent­age of the money will be paid to the lawyers who rep­re­sented them.

Jac­quez, 27, was shot to death Oct. 12, 2014, by for­mer of­fi­cer James Ashby, who chased Jac­quez into his mother’s home and fired two shots in the kitchen as Vi­ola B. Jac­quez watched.

Ashby is serv­ing 16 years in prison af­ter he was found guilty in June 2016 of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der for killing Jack Jac­quez. He is one of the few Col­orado po­lice of­fi­cers to be charged and con­victed in an on-duty shoot­ing death.

Ashby had per­for­mance is­sues at pre­vi­ous jobs, in­clud­ing as a po­lice of­fi­cer in Walsen­burg where mul­ti­ple com­plaints had been filed against him. The shoot­ing re­vealed mul­ti­ple prob­lems within the depart­ment, in­clud­ing that other Rocky Ford po­lice of­fi­cers had trou­bled his­to­ries while em­ployed at other de­part­ments.

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