after being found in a guy's house wearing the owner's boxer shorts -- hahahahahaha! So why the holy hell was he sentenced this week to 28 years in prison?
For some very good reasons -- including sexually assaulting two teenagers.
Gonzales's newsmaking crime was considerably more benign, at least on the surface. A house in Golden was up for sale, but the homeowner was still living in it -- not that Gonzales seemed to mind. When a realtor showed up one day and found him ensconced in the place, she didn't think much of it, since he appeared to belong there. But a week or so later, the real owner showed up to find someone else's car in his garage -- and someone else's ass in his boxer shorts.
The owner reportedly pulled a handgun on Gonzales, who didn't believe the weapon was real -- until the owner fired off a warning shot, that is. Cops arrived shortly thereafter, at which point they discovered just how comfortable Gonzales had made himself. A load of laundry was in the wash, beer was in the refrigerator, and meth was on the counter.
Sounds like fun for the whole family!
Turns out, though, that Gonzales already had some decidedly less amusing offenses on his criminal record, including forgery, possession of a controlled substance, identity theft and parole violations. And to make matters infinitely worse, he allegedly committed two sexual assaults while out on bond following his adventure in home usurpation -- one on a relative, age sixteen, and another on a fourteen-year-old friend of his sister.
Suddenly, that 28-year sentence doesn't seem so excessive after all.
Look below to see several booking photos of Gonzales, as well as a Jefferson County District Attorney's Office release about his sentencing and the original Golden Police Department info pertaining to the boxer-shorts bust.
Jefferson County District Attorney's Office release:
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Man Sentenced for "Boxer Shorts Burglary" plus other Felonies
A 26-year-old Golden man was sentenced [Monday] to 28 years in prison for five felony convictions dating back to 2003.
Timothy Paul Gonzales, may be best remembered for his arrest in Golden in November 2009. The homeowner at 1277 Mesa Court came home to find a strange car in his garage. When he went inside the house he found several things out of place. He took a handgun out of his nightstand and began calling out to see if anyone was there. Gonzales came down the stairs and confronted the homeowner wearing only a new pair of boxer shorts that belonged to the homeowner.
Golden Police arrived shortly and took Gonzales into custody. They found that Gonzales had been doing a load of laundry and had stored beer in the refrigerator at the home. Gonzales also left a bag of methamphetamine and some other pills on the counter. The house at 1277 Mesa Court was for sale at the time of the burglary, but the homeowner still lived there. On November 9, 2009 a realtor was showing the house. Gonzales walked in and acted like it was his house. She (the realtor) left him in the house and he made himself at home.
Gonzales was on Intensive Supervision Probation in two separate cases at the time he committed the burglary. In 2005 he was convicted of Forgery and Possession of Controlled Substance and was sentenced to five years probation. Gonzales reoffended and his probation was revoked. He was re-sentenced to Intensive Supervision Probation. In 2008 he was convicted of Trespassing and Identity Theft and sentenced to six years Intensive Supervision Probation. While Gonzales was out on bond in the Golden burglary, he committed two sexual assaults. One victim was a 16-year-old relative, the other was a 14-year-old friend of his sister.
At sentencing on January 31, Gonzales faced a range of from 8 to 64 years in prison. Prosecutors asked that he be sentenced in the 40-year range. District Judge Brooke Jackson sentenced Gonzales to a total of 28 years: six years in prison for each sexual assault case; 10 years prison for the 2009 burglary; he was also resentenced to five years in prison for the 2008 ID Theft; and one year in prison for the 2005 forgery. The court ordered all sentences to be served consecutively. He also has a mandatory parole period of five years. When Gonzales paroles he will be required to register as a sex offender.
Original Golden Police Department release:
Homeowner nabs burglar
Golden, Colo. -- Date, November 16, 2009 -- On Nov. 09, 2009 Golden Police responded to a private residence in the 1200 block of Mesa Court for a reported Burglary in Progress, where shots were fired. On arrival they found the owner holding a male suspect at gunpoint.
The homeowner told police he returned home around 5:00 p.m. on November 09, 2009. When he opened his garage door he found that there was a white Lexus ES300 parked in his garage. He entered his home and went to the master bedroom. The home owner noticed that several items were out of place. He retrieved his hand gun and loaded it. He left his bedroom and entered the main living room, calling out as he walked. To his surprise a male voice answered. He looked upstairs and saw a male standing there wearing only a pair of boxers, belonging to the home owner. The homeowner ordered the man out of his house and showed the suspect his gun. The man argued with the homeowner, claiming the homeowner`s gun was not real. When the suspect moved aggressively toward him, the homeowner fired a warning shot, purposely away from the suspect. Police arrived a short time later.
The investigation revealed that the suspect, 24-year old Timothy P. Gonzales, had been in the residence most of the day. He showered, did his laundry and placed his own items in the refrigerator. Police also discovered materials commonly used to make methamphetamine on the work bench in the garage.
Through continued investigative interviews it was learned that Gonzales actually represented himself as the home owner when two real estate agents and their clients came to the residence for a home showing. The home is for sale.
The suspect is Timothy P. Gonzales, 12/25/1984 of Golden.
Gonzales was booked into the Jefferson County jail for burglary, possession of burglary tools and drug violations.
The Jefferson County District Attorney`s office will consider further charges.
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