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Businessman sentenced to prison for involvement in black market marijuana organization
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A California businessman described as the mastermind behind an illegal marijuana trafficking organization was sentenced to 12 years in prison for conning people out of money and shipping drugs out of state. Scott Pack, 42, was sentenced Thursday by Arapahoe County District Judge Michael Spear on two counts under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, […]

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Former Boulder Shambhala member sentenced to 20 years in prison on child sex assault case
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The former member of Boulder’s Shambhala Center who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child in the late 1990s was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday. Michael Smith, 55, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and attempted sexual assault on a child in March, with attorneys agreeing on a sentence of 15 to 25 years in prison. […]

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Former Xcel employee sentenced to more than 2 years in prison for fraud
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A federal judge this week sentenced a Denver man to 27 months behind bars for perpetrating an elaborate decade-long scheme to defraud Xcel Energy and the IRS — money he used to buy an SUV, golf supplies and cigars, it was announced Friday. U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn said in a press release that as […]

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Cortez man sentenced to federal prison for damaging archaeological site
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A Cortez man has been sentenced to federal prison for damaging an archaeological resource, an ancestral Puebloan site, in the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Shadrick Winbourn, 57, was sentenced to 12 months and one day for violating the Archeological Resources Protection Act, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in […]

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Man sentenced to 158 years in prison for double fatal car crash in May 2019 in Lakewood
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A 29-year-old man who killed two people while driving high on methamphetamine was sentenced Monday to 158 years in prison. Related Articles Police standoff in Aurora apartment complex Tuesday comes up empty William Lloyd Jokay-Szilagji killed Jacob Bowen, 26, and Jesse Edmonds, 30, in May 2019 when he ran a red light at Alameda and […]

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Denver man sentenced to federal prison in downtown Denver gunbattle
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A Denver man has been sentenced to 16 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Jalonni Alexander Moore was sentenced Thursday, and he also will serve three years of supervised release, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Colorado. Moore was involved in a shootout […]

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Committee votes to close minimum-security prison in Cañon City to reduce costs
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COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee voted to close a minimum-security men’s prison as a cost-saving measure following a reduction in the inmate population resulting from the coronavirus. The Joint Budget Committee voted Tuesday to close the 252-bed Skyline Correctional Center in Cañon City in January, The Gazette reported. The closure is expected to […]

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238 inmates test positive for coronavirus at Sterling prison, the largest known outbreak in Colorado
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A Colorado prison is now the site of the state’s largest confirmed COVID-19 outbreak as mass testing confirms that 238 inmates at Sterling Correctional Facility have the virus. The number of positive cases at the facility spiked as more results from the 472 tests administered last week became available. Of those tested, half were positive. […]

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Handyman who ignited explosion at Denver apartment complex gets 195 years in prison
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A man who ignited an explosion at an apartment complex in Denver’s Baker neighborhood was sentenced Friday to 195 years in prison, according to a news release from the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Todd Norman Perkins, a former handyman at the building on the 400 block of Santa Fe Drive, was found guilty in January […]

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Man sentenced to 60 years in prison for 2018 stabbing death of woman in Denver loft
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A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for stabbing a woman to death in her downtown Denver loft. Terry Dunford was sentenced Monday by District Court Judge Eric Elliff in the 2018 death of Jeanna Leslie, 49, according to a district attorney’s office news release. Terry Dunford On Jan. 13, 2020, […]

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Leland Pankey sentenced to 72 years in prison for death of his 7-year-old son, Caden McWilliams
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Denver Police Department Leland Pankey The father of Caden McWilliams was sentenced Friday to 72 years in prison for the death of the 7-year-old boy, whose body was found encased in concrete in a Denver storage unit. Leland Pankey, 40, pleaded guilty in January to child abuse resulting in death and tampering with a deceased […]

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Denver deputy raced while driving prison transport van on I-25, state police say
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A Denver Sheriff Department deputy driving a van full of prisoners will face criminal charges after authorities say he raced with a pickup truck on Interstate 25 on Thursday. Related Articles Denver Sheriff Department van pulled over after trooper clocks it speeding over 90 mph on I-25 A light in darkness: Longtime Denver deputy turned […]

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Colorado agrees to pay inmate $500,000 for alleged prison beating
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Colorado has agreed to pay $500,000 to a convicted murderer serving a life sentence who allegedly suffered a prison beating at the hands of a guard, an incident a federal jury initially awarded him a record $6 million over. The award was rescinded in a second trial. Jayson Oslund The state in December also agreed […]

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Convicted murderer, 18, sentenced to life in prison
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An Arapahoe County district judge on Friday sentenced a teenager convicted of murder to serve life in prison, a spokesperson for the 18th Judicial District said in a release. Marquez Woodruff, 18, was convicted in September of murdering 36-year-old Terry Capler in the victim’s home in Aurora, the release said. He’ll be eligible for parole […]

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