Rollin Oliver pleaded guilty today to second-degree murder in the shooting death of Denver police officer Celena Hollis last June. The 22-year-old faces a sentence of sixteen to 26 years in prison according to the plea agreement, which is on view below. The original charge of first-degree murder/ext ... More >>
At a February hearing, Edward Montour sought to withdraw his guilty plea for a 2002 murder in an effort to avoid the death penalty he'd previously sought. The office of 18th Judicial District DA George Brauchler, who's also seeking death for accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, argued agains ... More >>
Update below: James Holmes, the suspect in the July 20 shooting at an Aurora movie theater that killed twelve people and wounded seventy others, was widely expected to plead not guilty by reason of insanity at an arraignment hearing today. Instead, Judge William Sylvester entered a not-guilty plea ... More >>
In an unusual court hearing unfolding in Castle Rock, attorneys for Edward Montour Jr. are seeking to withdraw his guilty plea for the murder of a correctional officer in 2002, claiming that he was mentally ill at the time and seeking "court-assisted suicide" by firing his lawyers in a death-penalty ... More >>
Eric Swanson's troubled past caught up with him last week in an Arapahoe County courtroom -- although not with quite the vengeance prosecutors had in mind. At one point facing habitual criminal charges and a potential 64-year-sentence for a case that began as a municipal summons for harassment, Swan ... More >>
Linda TorrezKristen Stillman had been on the witness stand for two days -- talking about how her mother had dropped Kristen and her twin brother, Will, off at a house in northwest Denver when they were eight, and how the head of that household had abused them emotionally, physically, sexually ... More >>
The secret behind long sentences handed out to repeat offenders in the 18th Judicial District
Aaron Perry, CEO and CFO of recycOil, a Boulder waste oil recycling firm also known as Rocky Mountain Sustainable Enterprises (RMSE), has been found guilty of trespassing on a competitor's property, but not guilty of harassment and a misdemeanor trespassing charge. After a two-day trial, a Boulder ... More >>
Sir Mario OwensAttorneys for Sir Mario Owens, sentenced to death for the 2005 murders of Vivian Wolfe and Javad Marshall-Fields, claim that Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers and her prosecutors made several unusual deals with witnesses in the secrecy-shrouded case -- includ ... More >>
Whatever your opinions about him -- and don't lie; you have some opinions about him -- there's no doubt that Barry Bonds is one of the most polarizing figures in modern sports, almost universally either revered or reviled. The thing that polarizes people about him is his use of steroids, but ... More >>
Shun Birch. A second man, 29-year-old Shun Birch, has been convicted of murdering a witness named Kalonniann Clark in 2006. He was one of three men charged with Clark's killing -- and perhaps the least known. Reputed gang leader Brian Hicks was found guilty at a trial last month. Willie Clark ... More >>
Ray WagnerLast month's "not guilty" verdict in the murder trial of inmate Alejandro Perez put an end to six years of costly missteps and setbacks for Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney Carol Chambers and her team of prosecutors, who'd set out to get the death penalty in a murky prison homi ... More >>
Perez.Alan Prendergast's post about the acquittal of Alejandro Perez in the killing of a fellow inmate included comments from prosecutor Jason Siers, whose boss Carol Chambers, is known for the zeal with which she seeks the death penalty. Defense attorney Jim Castle wasn't pleased with Siers' ... More >>
Big pics below.The latest high-profile cases to pass through the Denver District Attorney's Office are quite different in terms of their specifics but similar when it comes to shock value. One woman has been accused (again) of prostitution with knowledge she has AIDS, while a teenager was con ... More >>
Leon Kelly.Governor Bill Ritter today issued full pardons to twenty people around Colorado, including the Reverend Leon Kelly, who has been a well-known public figure and anti-gang crusader since 1986 when he founded the Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives. Kelly, whose late father was also a ... More >>
Larger photo below.In June, we told you about Christopher Hanson, a Greeley gang member suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman -- and then trying to hire someone to kill her. Last night, a Weld County jury found him guilty on six counts for crimes dating back to December of ... More >>
The Fourmile Canyon fire near Boulder was extraordinarily destructive -- yet the volunteer firefighter whose fire pit likely launched the initial spark will not be charged with a crime. That's the decision of Boulder DA Stan Garnett, who feels he couldn't prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt ... More >>
Tim Masters on Channel 4.On June 8, when the City of Fort Collins announced that it would pay $5.9 million to Tim Masters, who was wrongfully convicted of murder, his attorney, David Lane, attorney, said Detective James Broderick still needed to be held accountable. Perhaps the eight counts ... More >>
A warranted man.Update, 4:32 p.m.: DA's Office spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough says today's scheduled hearing was continued to 12:45 p.m. on Thursday. Previous update and item below. Update, 12:13 p.m.: Mario Anderson and Kataina "Markie" Jackson-Keeling, who didn't show up on time for a sentenci ... More >>
Stan Garnett's playing hardball.In an April post announcing his intention to challenge Colorado Attorney General John Suthers at the polls this November, Boulder district attorney Stan Garnett focused on issues like watching out for consumers, championing the environment and crafting a workab ... More >>
Kataina "Markie" Jackson-Keeling.Can any conclusions be drawn from the plea deals accepted by two associates of Willie Clark, who's been sentenced to more time than he could possibly serve for murdering Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams in 2007? Maybe -- but prosecutor Tim Twining says doin ... More >>
Media reports have connected Allen Ford to Andrew Gelston Graham's murder.Last week, we told you about reports again linking suspects in a series of racial attacks to the thus-far-unsolved murder of Andrew Gelston Graham. Among those mentioned as being part of a group that allegedly trailed ... More >>
Alan Sudduth was sixteen years old when prosecutors charged him as an adult.Our cover story this week recounts the tale of Alan Sudduth, a juvenile who was sentenced to seventy years in prison in 1996 for the murder of a cab driver -- even though a recent hearing showed that the prosecution's ... More >>
Earl Ryan apparently didn't like the direction his trial was heading.As the Darrent Williams murder trial was winding down, another proceeding about an event with tragic consequences -- the trial of Earl Ryan, who allegedly shot and killed a two-year-old boy, Noah Crookham, in 2008 -- was get ... More >>
Cory Voorhis is finally getting a chance to be heard.Cory Voorhis, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who was fired for leaking information from a restricted database to Republican Bob Beauprez's 2006 gubernatorial campaign, began making his case to get his job back before a federa ... More >>
Here's looking at you, Erik Osborn.We've chronicled the story of disgraced One Lincoln Park developer Erik Osborn, who was accused of stealing from partners such as "Dealing Doug" Moreland and talk-show host Tom "Lou from Littleton" Manoogian, in a May feature article and a series of blogs ac ... More >>
A judge removes DA Carol Chambers from a death-penalty case -- and blasts prosecution misconduct.
How does DA Carol Chambers beat the high cost of a death-penalty prosecution? By billing the prison system.
After Michael Tate lost all hope of a family life, he found the Devil.
Censured but defiant, Carol Chambers goes after habitual criminals -- and cops, judges and lawyers -- like no other district attorney. But at what cost?
Illegal immigrant Jon Vaupel is not from Mexico, but he's a borderline case.
In the murder trial of Krystal Voss, doubt was everywhere and nothing was reasonable.
They ran the toughest cellblock in the most dangerous prison in the state. It was the perfect place to beat inmates.
Naim Amini fled Afghanistan to build a new life, a life now lost in the translation.
Donta Page's sentence revives Colorado's death-penalty debate -- but brings no closure. The Conclusion of "Penalty Zone."
Defense attorneys fight to save their clients by comparing them to current residents of death row.
With several controversial cases coming up, Colorado's death-penalty decision moves to a three-judge panel.
Until two years ago, Colorado juries weighed whether men deserved to die. Now judges decide their fate.
When the accused reject a not-guilty plea, Colorado's insanity law breaks down.
A look at those affected by Colorado’s insanity law.
Carole Abbott was an expert witness in child sex-abuse cases. What she witnessed at home was a different matter.
As judges ponder the fates of Brandy DuVall's murderers, they must measure different shades of black.
Two years ago this week, Brandy DuVall was killed by members of the Deuce-Seven gang. For the past month, the courts have been deciding whether her murderers live or die.
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