Dominique Wogan, 35, of Castle Rock was sentenced to 36 years in prison after being convicted for the murder of Fletcher Bodnar, a Highlands Ranch resident.
Wogan was involved in a black-market marijuana scheme. On March 11, a jury found Wogan guilty of second-degree murder for shooting Bondar during an argument.
According to court records, on May 15, 2020, Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies were called in to assist Castle Pines Emergency Services with a homicide at a home in the gated community.
The investigation revealed Wogan had been growing marijuana in the home, where he was staying with permission of the owner.
At some point, investigators say Wogan shot and killed Bodnar.
Wogan was also convicted of illegal cultivation of marijuana, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He was also a previous felon in possession of a firearm.
District Attorney John Kellner said Colorado has a regulatory framework for people who want to legally grow and sell marijuana. However, Wogan did not follow those steps, instead setting up an illegal operation, Kellner said.
“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,” Kellner said. “He deserves to spend significant time in prison for his actions.”
In pleading not guilty to the second-degree murder charges last year, Wogan’s attorneys used the ‘Make My Day’ defense, which gives a homeowner immunity for shooting an intruder. During trial, numerous text messages from the defendant to Bodnar were introduced, which showed that Wogan had invited Bodnar over to fight. By finding Wogan guilty, the jury agreed with the prosecution that Bodnar had been invited and that ‘Make My Day’ did not apply.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Gary Dawson tried the case with Deputy District Attorney Dan Warhola. Dawson asked Douglas County Judge Patricia Herron to impose the maximum sentence of 48 years during the July 1 sentencing hearing.
“This was a two-time felon – he did 12 years after two burglaries,” Dawson said. “This two-time felon should not have had a gun, but he did that day, and he used it to shoot Fletcher. No matter how much time the court imposes, one of these families will get to see their son and their brother again someday. One of these families won’t.”
In sentencing Wogan to 36 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, Herron spoke about the role drugs played in the murder and acknowledged that only two people were in the room when the fatal shot was fired.
“These two were friends,” she said. “It’s hard for this court to fully appreciate how this victim was a threat. He came in unarmed.”
During the sentencing hearing, Bodnar’s family members and friends spoke, including his fiancé.
“I had a life I had planned with Fletcher. 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,” she said. “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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