A transient living in Summit County recently accepted a plea deal in his criminal case. The man was accused of multiple crimes dating back to last year, including assault on a police officer, burglary and violating probation. In exchange for his guilty plea, he will have to spend five years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
The 23-year-old man allegedly assaulted a police officer in 2013. He had to be forcibly removed from a public transportation bus, and he headbutted an officer when he arrived at the jail. He was separately charged with second-degree assault on a police officer in January of this year, after punching the officer in the face while inebriated. Apparently, he was on probation at this time and violated the terms.
He was arrested again after investigators regarding a burglary case allegedly found his DNA on a broken bottle at the scene. In court, he pleaded guilty to the assault, burglary and probation violation charges so that other misdemeanor violations for two additional cases would be dropped. The judge weighed the man’s rough history with law enforcement officials during his sentencing, but he ultimately sentenced the man to five years imprisonment, which is the minimum for a second-degree assault charge. He will have to serve 75 percent of his sentence before being eligible for parole.
In any case in which a plea deal is offered, the accused person can always choose to reject the proposed agreement and defend against the charges in court. However, the Colorado transient had multiple cases that were being prosecuted at the same time. He likely felt that it was in his best interest to plead guilty to assault and the other crimes so that the others would be dropped.
Source: summitdaily.com, ” Summit County man trades 5 years in DOC for guilty plea“, Joe Moylan, May 4, 2014