<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:17:25 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Police: Ex-Broncos DB punched cabbie, urged cops to call John Elway]]> By Jesse Paul, The Denver Post http://gazette.com/police-ex-broncos-db-punched-cabbie-urged-cops-to-call-john-elway/article/1540064?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-ex-broncos-db-punched-cabbie-urged-cops-to-call-john-elway/article/1540064?custom_click=rss

John Boyett, a now-ex-member of the Broncos' practice squad,was arrested early Wednesday in Greenwood Village after police say he drunkenly head-butted and punched a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site then tried to hide from officers by covering himself in mulch, court records show.

Boyett, 24, told arresting officers to "contact his boss 'John Elway'" before repeatedly slamming his head into a patrol car window while yelling and spitting, records say.

Boyett, a safety, was released by the Broncos on Thursday, the team said.



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John Boyett, a now-ex-member of the Broncos' practice squad,was arrested early Wednesday in Greenwood Village after police say he drunkenly head-butted and punched a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site then tried to hide from officers by covering himself in mulch, court records show.

Boyett, 24, told arresting officers to "contact his boss 'John Elway'" before repeatedly slamming his head into a patrol car window while yelling and spitting, records say.

Boyett, a safety, was released by the Broncos on Thursday, the team said.

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:31:35 -0600
<![CDATA[Police search for armed man who assaulted woman in Colorado Springs]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/police-search-for-armed-man-who-assaulted-woman-in-colorado-springs/article/1540059?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-search-for-armed-man-who-assaulted-woman-in-colorado-springs/article/1540059?custom_click=rss A man threatened a woman with a gun, chased her down and then assaulted her Wednesday evening in southeast Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs police received several 911 calls around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday about an assault involving a woman and a man with a gun in the area of Gahart Drive and Airport Road, east of Academy Boulevard.

The woman was able to flee after the assault and hid in a business with the help of people nearby until police arrived. The man fled before police arrived, but they believe they know his identity and are searching for him.

Police would not release the man's name or photo because of the ongoing investigation. Whether the man and woman know each other is unclear.

The woman was treated at a

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Colorado Springs police received several 911 calls around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday about an assault involving a woman and a man with a gun in the area of Gahart Drive and Airport Road, east of Academy Boulevard.

The woman was able to flee after the assault and hid in a business with the help of people nearby until police arrived. The man fled before police arrived, but they believe they know his identity and are searching for him.

Police would not release the man's name or photo because of the ongoing investigation. Whether the man and woman know each other is unclear.

The woman was treated at a]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:10:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Aurora theater shooting prosecutors agree to trial delay]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/aurora-theater-shooting-prosecutors-agree-to-trial-delay/article/1540048?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aurora-theater-shooting-prosecutors-agree-to-trial-delay/article/1540048?custom_click=rss CENTENNIAL — Prosecutors say they would agree to push back the trial for the man charged in the Colorado theater shootings so defense attorneys can have more time to review his sanity exam.

But prosecutors said in a court filing released Thursday that they would oppose a delay of more than four or five weeks because most of the victims don't want the trial postponed any longer.

James Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 2012 attack on a Denver-area theater. The trial was set for Dec. 8. Defense attorneys say they need more time to review a second sanity evaluation of Holmes that included 22 hours of interviews.

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CENTENNIAL — Prosecutors say they would agree to push back the trial for the man charged in the Colorado theater shootings so defense attorneys can have more time to review his sanity exam.

But prosecutors said in a court filing released Thursday that they would oppose a delay of more than four or five weeks because most of the victims don't want the trial postponed any longer.

James Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to killing 12 people and injuring 70 in the July 2012 attack on a Denver-area theater. The trial was set for Dec. 8. Defense attorneys say they need more time to review a second sanity evaluation of Holmes that included 22 hours of interviews.

A judge hasn't ruled on whether the

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:16:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Teller County deputy disciplined for racist remark, apology issued]]> By Kassondra Cloos 
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Disciplinary action was taken against a Teller County sheriff's deputy who posted a derogatory comment about Muslims on social media, but the deputy will not be fired, department officials said Wednesday.

Deputy Eric Voigt became the subject of an internal affairs investigation after the Sheriff's Office received a complaint about a comment he made on another person's Facebook post, sheriff's Lt. Marc Porcelli said.

Screenshots of the Facebook conversation were sent to media outlets, including The Gazette's news partner, KKTV.



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Disciplinary action was taken against a Teller County sheriff's deputy who posted a derogatory comment about Muslims on social media, but the deputy will not be fired, department officials said Wednesday.

Deputy Eric Voigt became the subject of an internal affairs investigation after the Sheriff's Office received a complaint about a comment he made on another person's Facebook post, sheriff's Lt. Marc Porcelli said.

Screenshots of the Facebook conversation were sent to media outlets, including The Gazette's news partner, KKTV.

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 05:59:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs teen sentenced for killings of Fort Carson soldier and pregnant wife]]> By jakob Rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-teen-sentenced-for-killings-of-fort-carson-soldier-and-pregnant-wife/article/1539971?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-teen-sentenced-for-killings-of-fort-carson-soldier-and-pregnant-wife/article/1539971?custom_click=rss

Macyo Joelle January’s defining act after escaping a juvenile offenders’ halfway house involved gunning down newlyweds while ransacking their home.

In all likelihood, he will never walk free again.

Calling the case “heartbreaking,” 4th Judicial District Court Judge Deborah Grohs on Wednesday sentenced the teen to back-to-back life sentences with the possibility of parole for the shooting deaths of David Dunlap and his pregnant wife, Whitney Butler.

The consecutive sentences mean he likely will spend at least 80 years behind bars before any shot at parole.

He received maximum sentences for his most serious convictions, including two back-to-back 32-year sentences for burglary, which Grohs said begin



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Macyo Joelle January’s defining act after escaping a juvenile offenders’ halfway house involved gunning down newlyweds while ransacking their home.

In all likelihood, he will never walk free again.

Calling the case “heartbreaking,” 4th Judicial District Court Judge Deborah Grohs on Wednesday sentenced the teen to back-to-back life sentences with the possibility of parole for the shooting deaths of David Dunlap and his pregnant wife, Whitney Butler.

The consecutive sentences mean he likely will spend at least 80 years behind bars before any shot at parole.

He received maximum sentences for his most serious convictions, including two back-to-back 32-year sentences for burglary, which Grohs said begin

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:47:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Fired Denver schoolteacher charged in lab fire]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/fired-denver-schoolteacher-charged-in-lab-fire/article/1539995?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fired-denver-schoolteacher-charged-in-lab-fire/article/1539995?custom_click=rss DENVER — A Denver school chemistry teacher who was fired after four students were burned in a science experiment gone wrong now faces a criminal charge.

Prosecutors filed a third-degree assault charge, a misdemeanor, against 22-year-old Daniel Powell on Wednesday. Powell couldn't be located for comment.

School officials say a fire erupted in Powell's classroom at the Science, Math and Arts Academy charter school on Sept. 15 while he was conducting a demonstration with methanol.

It marked the second time in a month that a fire linked to methanol in a science demonstration caused injuries. Thirteen people, many of them children, were hurt in a flash fire at a Reno, Nevada, museum on Sept. 3.



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DENVER — A Denver school chemistry teacher who was fired after four students were burned in a science experiment gone wrong now faces a criminal charge.

Prosecutors filed a third-degree assault charge, a misdemeanor, against 22-year-old Daniel Powell on Wednesday. Powell couldn't be located for comment.

School officials say a fire erupted in Powell's classroom at the Science, Math and Arts Academy charter school on Sept. 15 while he was conducting a demonstration with methanol.

It marked the second time in a month that a fire linked to methanol in a science demonstration caused injuries. Thirteen people, many of them children, were hurt in a flash fire at a Reno, Nevada, museum on Sept. 3.

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:45:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Police: 3 men, 1 woman team up to rob Colorado Springs convenience store]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/police-3-men-1-woman-team-up-to-rob-colorado-springs-convenience-store/article/1539994?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/police-3-men-1-woman-team-up-to-rob-colorado-springs-convenience-store/article/1539994?custom_click=rss Colorado Springs police say three men and a woman robbed a Western Convenience Store at gunpoint just before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The four robbers threatened the clerk at the store, at 1905 W. Uintah St., with two pistols and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.

No one was injured and no shots were fired, police said.

The suspects ran southbound and police dogs were unable to track them.



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Colorado Springs police say three men and a woman robbed a Western Convenience Store at gunpoint just before 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The four robbers threatened the clerk at the store, at 1905 W. Uintah St., with two pistols and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash and cigarettes.

No one was injured and no shots were fired, police said.

The suspects ran southbound and police dogs were unable to track them.

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:27:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Hatchet-toting Colorado Springs burglary suspect arrested]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/hatchet-toting-colorado-springs-burglary-suspect-arrested/article/1539984?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hatchet-toting-colorado-springs-burglary-suspect-arrested/article/1539984?custom_click=rss A wanted man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a hatchet has been arrested by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Austin Joseph Hood, 25, of Colorado Springs, was arrested just before midnight Tuesday by members of the Sheriff's Office SWAT team in cooperation with other local agencies.

Hood was is alleged to have burglarized a home on the 7000 block of Harding Street and to have pointed a gun at the homeowner during a physical altercation, the Sheriff's Office said. A man with a gun was reportedly seen running around the neighborhood, which caused nine Widefield schools to be locked down while deputies searched for the burglar. The schools' exterior doors were locked and activities inside continued as normal.



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A wanted man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a hatchet has been arrested by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Austin Joseph Hood, 25, of Colorado Springs, was arrested just before midnight Tuesday by members of the Sheriff's Office SWAT team in cooperation with other local agencies.

Hood was is alleged to have burglarized a home on the 7000 block of Harding Street and to have pointed a gun at the homeowner during a physical altercation, the Sheriff's Office said. A man with a gun was reportedly seen running around the neighborhood, which caused nine Widefield schools to be locked down while deputies searched for the burglar. The schools' exterior doors were locked and activities inside continued as normal.

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:21:55 -0600
<![CDATA[State Patrol's Zero Tolerance weekend yields thousands of citations, but one goal not met]]> BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/state-patrols-zero-tolerance-weekend-yields-thousands-of-citations-but-one-goal-not-met/article/1539955?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/state-patrols-zero-tolerance-weekend-yields-thousands-of-citations-but-one-goal-not-met/article/1539955?custom_click=rss You may have noticed more state troopers on the road over the weekend or a road sign or two encouraging drivers to buckle up, drive sober and put the phone down.

That's because from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Sunday, troopers hit the roads for the Colorado State Patrol's second "Zero Fatalities, Zero Tolerance" campaign of the year. Every uniformed trooper across the state was required to participate in the campaign, which aims to encourage safer driving through education and enforcement.

Over the weekend, troopers issued thousands of citations, including 200 for people driving under the influence and 311 for seat belt and child restraint violations. Troopers also made 62 misdemeanor arrests and 16 felony arrests. Drugs or



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You may have noticed more state troopers on the road over the weekend or a road sign or two encouraging drivers to buckle up, drive sober and put the phone down.

That's because from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight Sunday, troopers hit the roads for the Colorado State Patrol's second "Zero Fatalities, Zero Tolerance" campaign of the year. Every uniformed trooper across the state was required to participate in the campaign, which aims to encourage safer driving through education and enforcement.

Over the weekend, troopers issued thousands of citations, including 200 for people driving under the influence and 311 for seat belt and child restraint violations. Troopers also made 62 misdemeanor arrests and 16 felony arrests. Drugs or

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:13:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Jogger who died after he was hit by SUV in Falcon identified]]> By CAROL MCGRAW carol.mcgraw@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/jogger-who-died-after-he-was-hit-by-suv-in-falcon-identified/article/1539919?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jogger-who-died-after-he-was-hit-by-suv-in-falcon-identified/article/1539919?custom_click=rss The jogger who died after being struck Saturday by an SUV in Falcon has been identified as Michael Copote, 38, of Falcon, the Colorado State Patrol said Tuesday in a release.

The State Patrol said Copote was jogging with his back to approaching traffic on the east side of Eastonville Road about 8:15 p.m. when he abruptly turned and ran into the path of the vehicle. He died at the scene.

The driver of the Honda CRV was identified as Brook Hill, 18, of Falcon. Hill was northbound on Eastonville Road. The patrol said Tuesday that alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash and no charges are pending.



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The jogger who died after being struck Saturday by an SUV in Falcon has been identified as Michael Copote, 38, of Falcon, the Colorado State Patrol said Tuesday in a release.

The State Patrol said Copote was jogging with his back to approaching traffic on the east side of Eastonville Road about 8:15 p.m. when he abruptly turned and ran into the path of the vehicle. He died at the scene.

The driver of the Honda CRV was identified as Brook Hill, 18, of Falcon. Hill was northbound on Eastonville Road. The patrol said Tuesday that alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash and no charges are pending.

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:13:21 -0600
<![CDATA[FBI: 3 Colorado girls may have tried to join Islamic jihadis]]> By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press http://gazette.com/fbi-3-colorado-girls-may-have-tried-to-join-islamic-jihadis/article/1539924?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fbi-3-colorado-girls-may-have-tried-to-join-islamic-jihadis/article/1539924?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Authorities are investigating whether three teenage girls from suburban Denver who may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria have friends or associates with similar intentions.

A U.S. official said the evidence gathered so far made it clear that the girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend — were headed to Syria, though the official said investigators were still trying to determine what sort of contacts they had in that country. The official said investigators would be trying to figure out whether there were "like-minded" friends and acquaintances in the girls' social circle.

The sisters are of Somali descent, and their friend is of Sudanese descent,



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DENVER — Authorities are investigating whether three teenage girls from suburban Denver who may have been trying to join Islamic State militants in Syria have friends or associates with similar intentions.

A U.S. official said the evidence gathered so far made it clear that the girls — two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their 16-year-old friend — were headed to Syria, though the official said investigators were still trying to determine what sort of contacts they had in that country. The official said investigators would be trying to figure out whether there were "like-minded" friends and acquaintances in the girls' social circle.

The sisters are of Somali descent, and their friend is of Sudanese descent,

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Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:11:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Anonymous tip helps deputies locate alleged bank robber]]> BY lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/anonymous-tip-helps-deputies-locate-alleged-bank-robber/article/1539958?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/anonymous-tip-helps-deputies-locate-alleged-bank-robber/article/1539958?custom_click=rss An anonymous tip led authorities to a 22-year-old man suspected of robbing a UMB Bank in Security Friday afternoon, according to an arrest affidavit.

Willie Walk was arrested after a brief standoff Saturday at a residence on the 1100 block of Chelton Road, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said.

According to court documents, surveillance video captured Walk entering the bank at 502 Security Blvd. and handing the teller a note that said "Give me all your money, put it into a bag, not dye packs, no alarms, no bait money."

According to court documents, Walk didn't have a bag. The teller offered to put the money in an envelope, but instead he asked to have the money put in his hand.



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An anonymous tip led authorities to a 22-year-old man suspected of robbing a UMB Bank in Security Friday afternoon, according to an arrest affidavit.

Willie Walk was arrested after a brief standoff Saturday at a residence on the 1100 block of Chelton Road, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said.

According to court documents, surveillance video captured Walk entering the bank at 502 Security Blvd. and handing the teller a note that said "Give me all your money, put it into a bag, not dye packs, no alarms, no bait money."

According to court documents, Walk didn't have a bag. The teller offered to put the money in an envelope, but instead he asked to have the money put in his hand.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:35:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Sheriff's Office issues warrant for burglary suspect who prompted school lockdowns]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/sheriffs-office-issues-warrant-for-burglary-suspect-who-prompted-school-lockdowns/article/1539932?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sheriffs-office-issues-warrant-for-burglary-suspect-who-prompted-school-lockdowns/article/1539932?custom_click=rss A man considered to be armed and dangerous is wanted by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office after a burglary Monday morning that put a slew of Widefield schools on secure perimeter.

Austin Joseph Hood, 25, of Colorado Springs is believed to have burglarized a home on the 7000 block of Harding Street while armed with a handgun. He approached the homeowner and the two got into a fight, according to Sheriff's Office news release, at which point Hood pointed the gun at the homeowner and fled with stolen goods.

The burglary caused nine Widefield schools to be placed on secure perimeter, locking exterior doors and monitoring who entered or left the buildings.

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Austin Joseph Hood, 25, of Colorado Springs is believed to have burglarized a home on the 7000 block of Harding Street while armed with a handgun. He approached the homeowner and the two got into a fight, according to Sheriff's Office news release, at which point Hood pointed the gun at the homeowner and fled with stolen goods.

The burglary caused nine Widefield schools to be placed on secure perimeter, locking exterior doors and monitoring who entered or left the buildings.]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:30:02 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado man plans to plead guilty in oil patch killing]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-man-plans-to-plead-guilty-in-oil-patch-killing/article/1539935?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-man-plans-to-plead-guilty-in-oil-patch-killing/article/1539935?custom_click=rss

SIDNEY, Mont. — A Colorado man plans to plead guilty to killing a Montana teacher in a case that drew attention to the darker side of the Northern Plains' oil boom.

A plea agreement with prosecutors filed Tuesday calls for a 100-year sentence for 25-year-old Michael Spell on a charge of deliberate homicide.

Spell is charged with the 2012 murder of Sherry Arnold, a 43-year-old Sidney high school teacher who disappeared while jogging. Her body was found buried in a North Dakota field.

Spell is due in court Wednesday before District Judge Richard Simonton in Sidney.

Prosecutors want Spell to serve his time in prison.



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SIDNEY, Mont. — A Colorado man plans to plead guilty to killing a Montana teacher in a case that drew attention to the darker side of the Northern Plains' oil boom.

A plea agreement with prosecutors filed Tuesday calls for a 100-year sentence for 25-year-old Michael Spell on a charge of deliberate homicide.

Spell is charged with the 2012 murder of Sherry Arnold, a 43-year-old Sidney high school teacher who disappeared while jogging. Her body was found buried in a North Dakota field.

Spell is due in court Wednesday before District Judge Richard Simonton in Sidney.

Prosecutors want Spell to serve his time in prison.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:47:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Son sent to prison after Colorado woman festered in filth]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/son-sent-to-prison-after-colorado-woman-festered-in-filth/article/1539922?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/son-sent-to-prison-after-colorado-woman-festered-in-filth/article/1539922?custom_click=rss GRAND JUNCTION — A Grand Valley man has been sentenced to five years in prison for neglecting his mother so severely authorities say her life was in danger.

Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister on Monday sentenced Keith Rohracker to one year less than the maximum for his actions that allowed his mother to live in filth so great that nurses accustomed to dealing with neglect were shocked.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://tinyurl.com/pdvsfoz ) the only reason the judge didn't sentence Rohracker to the full time in prison was because his mother survived.

Relatives say the woman has gained weight and is recovering.



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GRAND JUNCTION — A Grand Valley man has been sentenced to five years in prison for neglecting his mother so severely authorities say her life was in danger.

Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister on Monday sentenced Keith Rohracker to one year less than the maximum for his actions that allowed his mother to live in filth so great that nurses accustomed to dealing with neglect were shocked.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports (http://tinyurl.com/pdvsfoz ) the only reason the judge didn't sentence Rohracker to the full time in prison was because his mother survived.

Relatives say the woman has gained weight and is recovering.

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Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:02:19 -0600