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Pueblo West teens face adult charges in shooting

The Pueblo District Attorney will pursue adult charges against the two teenage boys accused of shooting a woman in her Pueblo West home last weekend.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Anthony Marzavas said Friday that Evan Hesselberg, 17, and Devin Riensch, 16, face charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and criminal mischief.

Hesselberg also faces a count of violating a protection order.

The two boys are charged with opening fire on the front door of a Pueblo West home on the 300 block of Morning Glory Drive, wounding Cheryl Gonzales, 34.

Investigators said the boys may have targeted the home because large quantities of marijuana were known to be sold there.

According to an affidavit, the boys wore masks and knocked on the door to the home around 2 a.m. Sunday.

When Gonzales shut the door, the teens fired at least six rounds into the home with semi-automatic weapons, the affidavit said.

Riensch and Hesselberg are set to make appearances in court on Monday.

Marzavas said that while the district attorney’s office wishes to keep the case in adult courts, the defense will have an opportunity to file motions to petition the judge to return the cases back to the juvenile system.

Riensch’s mother, Stacey Riensch, also is set to make her first appearance in court Monday.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s investigators said Riensch admitted to providing the boys with the guns, which were stolen from Hesselberg’s relatives in Custer County.

She was arrested on suspicion of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, drug possession, child abuse, reckless endangerment and providing a juvenile access to a firearm other than a handgun.

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