Dominique Wogan, a Castle Rock man who shot and killed his partner in a black-market marijuana scheme, was sentenced to 36 years in prison, according to an 18th Judicial District news release issued Wednesday.
Douglas County District Court Judge Patricia Herron sentenced the 35-year-old man for the murder of Fletcher Bodnar, a 36-year-old Highlands Ranch resident, the news release said.
A jury found Wogan guilty of second-degree murder in Bodnar’s death in March when he was also convicted of illegal cultivation of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Wogan had a previous felony, meaning his possession of a firearm was not legal.
“Colorado has a regulatory framework for people who want to legally grow and sell marijuana,” said District Attorney John Kellner. “But this defendant did not follow that path and instead set up an illegal operation…This defendant ran a black-market marijuana operation, illegally possessed a gun as a prior felon, and took another man’s life in cold blood. He deserves to spend significant time in prison for his actions.”
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office investigated the homicide in a gated Castle Pines community on May 15, 2020. The investigation found Wogan had been growing marijuana in the home with help from Bodnar who had come to discuss the grow operation, the news release said.
“At some point, Wogan shot Bodnar,” the news release said.
Wogan argued after the shooting and at trial that he was entitled to a “Make My Day” defense, which provides immunity to a homeowner immunity for shooting an intruder. However, numerous text messages from the defendant to Bodnar showed that Wogan had invited Bodnar over to fight.
During the July 1 sentencing hearing, Bodnar’s fiancée told the judge she felt “broken” since Bodnar’s death.
“I had a life I had planned with Fletcher,” the woman said. “He was my life, my soulmate, my everything. Now everything has changed. I still don’t sleep well, and work is difficult. … I don’t know how to move on. It’s not fair for someone to take a life and have the possibility to be free again. Fletcher doesn’t get that opportunity.”
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