Man facing deportation after drunken joyride in Colorado Springs

DENVER (KKTV) - A 29-year-old man is staring down an 18-month prison sentence and deportation for charges tied to a "drunken joy ride" through the streets of Colorado Springs.

On the day after Thanksgiving in 2017, a group of friends went on a wild ride through residential areas, firing weapons including an AR-15 assault rifle in the air. Police later found Jose De Jesus Cordova-Saldana passed out in the back of a Chevy pickup truck, surrounded by several guns, ammunition and discarded shell casings.

Cordova-Saldana, who is not a legal resident of the United States, had previously been deported in 2014 after a conviction for third-degree assault. The U.S. Department of Justice's Colorado office says Cordova-Saldana re-entered the country illegally sometime between that deportation and his drunken escapades last fall.

In March, he pleaded guilty to charges of illegal re-entry into the United States and illegal alien in possession of a firearm. He will serve 18 months in a U.S. prison, then will be deported to Mexico.