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Gazette Premium Content Colorado Springs man sentenced to 298 years in prison

By Andrea Sinclair Published: February 24, 2014

A Colorado Springs man was sentenced to 298 years in prison on Monday for a January 2013 crime spree that led to a finding that he's a habitual criminal.

Ivan Commodore Stamps, 47, was found guilty earlier this year of charges including aggravated robbery, attempted robbery, criminal impersonation and assault on a peace officer, court records show.

On Friday, Judge William B. Bain also found Stamps guilty of being a habitual criminal, according to 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Lee Richards.

On Jan. 26, 2013, Stamps carjacked a Subaru station wagon on Palmer Park Boulevard and immediately robbed Joann Fabrics on Bloomington Street and a King Soopers on Stetson Hills Boulevard, according to Colorado Springs police.

On Jan. 30, officers tried to stop the stolen Subaru with Stamps at the wheel, but he abandoned the station wagon after driving it into a field near Platte Avenue and Powers Boulevard, crashing and blowing a tire. Police said Stamps tried to carjack a man at a nearby Loaf N' Jug store, but the car owner was able to get away unharmed.

Undeterred, Stamps held a woman at gunpoint, carjacking her Nissan X-Terra, and tried unsuccessfully to rob the TCF Bank on New Center Point, police said.

Several officers trapped Stamps in the area of Carefree Circle and Bloomington Street, where he rammed police cars, injuring two officers.

Stamps' criminal history dates to 1985 with numerous charges including DUI, burglary, theft, bail violation, theft, fraud and domestic violence, court records show.

Stamps will serve his sentence at the Colorado Department of Corrections effective immediately, records show.

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