Climber’s Shooter Confesses in Montana

Charged with attempted second-degree murder

Mosquera was camping in Ten Sleep, Wyoming, with girlfriend Ana Deaconu on September 16, 2013, when the couple heard a noise outside their tent around 2 a.m. (Conniemod / Wiki Commons)

Jesus Deniz, 18, allegedly confessed to the 2013 shooting of rock climber Jose Luis Mosquera near Ten Sleep Canyon, Wyoming, in August during interrogation by the FBI, according to the Northern Wyoming Daily News. He was charged with attempted second-degree murder on Friday.

“I shot him. I heard him cry out in pain,” Deniz said in an affidavit, as reported in the Northern Wyoming Daily News. According to Diaz, he was looking for money to support a drug addiction.

Mosquera was camping with girlfriend Ana Deaconu on September 16, 2013, when the couple heard a noise outside their tent at about 2 a.m. Mosquera was shot in the chest when he went to investigate. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated for his injury and eventually released. Originally, police suspected the shooting was a hunting accident, Climbing Magazine reported.

Deniz was arrested in connection with a double murder in Montana in July, according to the Northern Wyoming Daily News. When questioned about his involvement with similar crimes, he confessed to the Wyoming shooting. Should Deniz receive the maximum penalty in Montana, he would face the death penalty. 

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