• Colorado man asks for— and gets — maximum sentence

    Associated Press
    Updated: 23 hr ago

    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.— A 62-year-old man who pleaded guilty to attempted murder after stabbing two men with a knife in the Grand Junction area was granted his request for a sentence that will send him to prison for life. John Merell Siviter was sentenced 32 years in prison on Friday...

  • Former southern Colorado undersheriff guilty of leading illegal hunts 

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Sat, Dec 9, 2017

    SAN LUIS — An undersheriff from southern Colorado has been found guilty of 10 felonies in connection with charges that he led illegal wildlife hunts. The Valley Courier in Alamosa reports Andrew Espinoza was accused by prosecutors of violations including guiding hunters to...

  • 10 years for man who crashed into school bus, hurt students

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    DENVER— A man accused of crashing into a Denver school bus, injuring several students, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors with the Denver District Attorney's Office say 46-year-old Louis Ortiz was sentenced Friday after previously pleading guilty to vehicular...

  • Colorado deputy justified in shooting of 17-year-old suspect 

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    DENVER — A deputy's fatal shooting of a 17-year-old car-jacking suspect has been deemed justified. The Denver Post reported Thursday that the Arapahoe County Sheriff's deputy was cleared of wrongdoing for shooting James Daniel Hill in the back May 31. Court records say...

  • Prosecutor declines to charge officer in deaf man's killing

    By SEAN MURPHY , Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    OKLAHOMA CITY  — An Oklahoma prosecutor announced Friday he will not file criminal charges against a police officer in the September shooting death of a deaf man who was not following officer commands. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said his investigation...

  • Court: 'Making a Murderer' defendant's confession stands

    MICHAEL TARM, AP Legal Affairs Writer
    Updated: Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    CHICAGO— A federal appeals court in Chicago narrowly overturned a ruling Friday that could have freed a Wisconsin inmate featured in the "Making a Murderer" series from prison, though one dissenting judge called the case "a profound miscarriage of justice." The full 7th U.S. Circuit...

  • Double murderer denied retrial in infant daughter's 1997 death

    By Ellie Mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    A 4th Judicial District judge has denied Edward Montour a retrial in the 1997 beating death of his 11-week-old daughter, rejecting claims from Montour's defense attorneys that he is serving life in prison for a crime he didn't commit, District Attorney Dan May said Friday. "There...

  • Largest El Paso County jury pool ever on tap for death-penalty trial

    By lance benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    An upcoming death penalty trial could have the largest pool of prospective jurors in El Paso County history. Jury summonses were mailed out last week to 2,800 people for the double murder trial of former Fort Carson soldier Glen Galloway - larger than any local pool on record, court...

  • Woman denied reduced sentence in Colorado Springs dragging death

    By Ellie Mulder ellie.mulder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Dec 8, 2017

    Detra Dione Farries' motion for a reduced sentence in the dragging-death of a Colorado Springs tow truck driver was denied Thursday evening, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office said. Farries, 39, asked a judge in September to consider reducing her 20-year sentence in Allen...

  • Former Colorado GOP chair convicted of voter fraud, forgery 

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Dec 7, 2017

    GREELEY — A former Colorado Republican Party chariman who blamed a "major diabetic episode" for causing him to cast his ex-wife's ballot in 2016's presidential election has been convicted of forgery and voter fraud. Steve Curtis was convicted Thursday after prosecutors said DNA...

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