In March 2016, a shooting occurred in Rocky Ford and one person, Brittany Barron, then 26, was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder and domestic violence.

In March 2016, a shooting occurred in Rocky Ford and one person, Brittany Barron, then 26, was arrested and charged with attempted first degree murder and domestic violence.


She was held without bond in the Otero County Jail.


Ricky Lee Maes, then 31, was said to have left the scene of the shooting and remained at large until June 26, 2016.


When the district attorney filed charges against Maes, the list was quite long:
1. Attempted murder in the first degree - extreme indifference against Raymond Hernandez III
2. Attempted murder in the first degree - extreme indifference against Estevan Rodarte
3. Attempted murder in the first degree - after deliberation against Raymond Hernandez III
4. Attempted murder in the first degree - after deliberation against Estevan Rodarte
5. Attempted murder in the first degree - extreme indifference against Juanita Hernandez
6. Attempted murder in the first degree - extreme indifference against Damien Barron-Hernandez
7. Attempted murder in the first degree - extreme indifference against Raymond Hernandez IV
8. Attempted murder in the first degree - extreme indifference against Shaylynn Sanchez
9. Illegal discharge of a firearm into a dwelling
10. Illegal discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle
11. Possession of a weapon by a previous offender


Through the course of the three-day trial, the jury heard testimony from three CBI (Colorado Bureau of Investigation) agents - only two of whom visited the scene; one Rocky Ford policeman; one sheriff’s deputy who took photos in the emergency room of Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center; three alibi witnesses, one of whom has a felony conviction and five “eyewitnesses.”


Of those eyewitnesses, four have felony convictions. One of those four, Brittany Barron, was given a plea deal to testify against Maes.


Barron has children with Raymond Hernandez III, Ricky Maes, and three other men. With the exception of Hernandez and Maes, all other parents are currently serving time in the Colorado Department of Corrections.


No physical evidence, other than a bullet and spent casings were presented at the trial, and even though there was a gunshot residue (GSR) test performed on Barron, it took a juror’s question to ascertain whether or not any was present. (It was not).


Clothing Maes allegedly wore the day of the shooting was never tested for GSR although the clothing was found in the closet of one of his girlfriends - now his wife.


Testimony of those present when shots were fired at the house was oftentimes contradictory to what they said in their interviews with CBI.


As defense counsel Becky Briggs stated in her closing remarks, there was no gun ever found, and although adults testified to what their children at the scene said and did, no children ever testified.
In addition, she said, no medical personnel (either emergency medical services or emergency room personnel) testified, and no social media messages (Facebook, Twitter) were presented.


“Nothing,” she said, “you would expect to see in a case of this magnitude was presented.”


One child, according to her father, had “glass in her eye,” yet no children were ever seen by a physician.


It took the jury just a little over three hours to find Maes guilty of all charges with the exception of two: attempted murder in the first degree - after deliberation against Raymond Hernandez III and attempted murder in the first degree - after deliberation against Estevan Rodarte.


Three counts of habitual offender will be addressed at Maes’ sentencing which is set for Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.