An Evans man charged with sexually assaulting an underage Weld County girl, and exploiting dozens of others throughout the country, was sentenced Friday in Weld District Court to 224 years to life in prison.
Weld District Court Judge Thomas Quammen imposed the maximum sentence against Zachary Myers, 24, who was convicted in April of 19 charges relating to child sexual assault and internet exploitation of a child. Seventeen of the 19 charges were felonies.
The case attracted national media attention given Myers’ penchant for preying on young girls throughout the country using the instant messaging app, KiK. The victims, the lion’s share of whom still haven’t been identified, were coerced through a variety of manipulation tactics by Myers to send him naked photos over the internet. Myers often told his victims he would kill himself if they didn’t do as he asked. At least three underage girls, including one in Evans, were raped by Myers.
“Those who see this story today in Greeley, Colo., in New York, in Miami and in Chicago will see that when you commit these types of crimes in Weld County, we will hold you accountable,” Quammen said, noting he can’t remember a case during his years on the bench in which there were so many out-of-state witnesses. “If that doesn’t deter someone from committing these types of crimes, I don’t know what will.”
Myers appeared Friday for his sentencing hearing in the Weld County Jail’s standard orange jumpsuit, wearing a carefree smirk on his face. The sentencing hearing began with testimony from Evans police Cmdr. Dan Ranous, who revealed for the first time that while incarcerated at the Jefferson County Jail on a similar, but unrelated case, Myers’ tried to orchestrate the murders of two Jeffco Sheriff’s deputies and his three Colorado rape victims.
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