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Jury convicted Lorenzo Cardenas of throwing a punch at an officer

A Greeley man was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday after being convicted in November of a single count of assault on a police officer more than two years ago.

Lorenzo Cardenas

Weld County Sheriff’s Office

Lorenzo Cardenas

Lorenzo Cardenas, 51, was initially charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, but after a three-day trial in Weld District Court, a jury found him guilty of only one charge. That charge stemmed from the early hours of July 12, 2015, when police responded, along with medical personnel, to the family’s home in the 2100 block of 6th Street.

Cardenas and his family had just returned home from a wedding, and his wife was having a major diabetic episode, so they needed help.

Police arrived with other first responders, because a family member told dispatchers there might be a gun in the house.

When officers arrived, though, Cardenas’ son, who was drunk, began attacking them and, police and prosecutors say, Cardenas joined in, punching one officer in the head and elbowing another in the face. The jury convicted him of throwing the punch.

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