Trial over Thanksgiving Day standoff ends with conviction for Denver man

The Sky-Hi News is reporting that a Grand County jury has found Brian Wilson guilty on all 24 charges stemming from a 2008 Thanksgiving Day standoff with police in Winter Park.  He has now been convicted on 5 counts of attempted murder with deliberate indifference, 6 counts of felony menacing, 2 counts of obstructing police, 3 counts of prohibited use of a weapon, obstructing a highway, driving under the influence and DUI per se.  More significantly, Wilson was convicted on 5 counts of committing a crime of violence, which will enhance the penalties for the attempted murder charges.

Wilson, 53, of Denver, faces 16 – 24 years in prison on each attempted murder count.

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Colorado State Trooper charged with drunk driving, BAC twice legal limit | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Denver Post is reporting that Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies made a shocking DUI arrest on Monday.

Concerned motorists reported the erratic driving behavior of a Colorado State Trooper who was in his marked police cruiser.  Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies intercepted the vehicle, made a traffic stop, and identified the driver as David Dolan, a 21-year veteran of the Colorado State Patrol.  Dolan, 49, was in uniform at the time of the arrest.

Trooper Dolan was taken to the police station where he provided a breath sample of .194—more than twice the legal limit in the state of Colorado.

Dolan was charged with driving under the influence, and prohibited use of weapons.  He was released on bond, and a hearing is set for this coming Monday.

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Love triangle ends in murder conviction | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Denver Post is reporting that Norberto Abundez of Ft. Lupton was convicted on Tuesday for the murder of his cousin, Jesus Abundez-Plige.  At the time of the murder, Abundez suspected that his wife and cousin were engaged in a romantic relationship.

Abundez had a previous confrontation with is cousin, and a protective order was issued. That order did not keep Abundez from shooting his cousin in the head at his Platteville home in 2008.

Abundez was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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Suspected murderer receives 5 years on unrelated firearms charge | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Denver Post is reporting that on March 11, 2010, Shun Lamar Birch was sentenced to 5 years in the Bureau of Prisons, by United States District Court Judge Wiley Y. Daniel. This case stemmed from a firearms charge alleging that Birch, a convicted felon, was illegally in possession of two guns. The weapons were found at his Aurora residence.

Birch is also charged with the December 2006 murder of Kalonniann Clark, a prosecution witness in an unrelated case.  That case is currently set for trial in state district court.

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Willie Clark convicted in murder of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Denver Post is reporting that a jury has convicted Willie Clark in the 2007 murder of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams.  Clark shook his head sadly as the clerk read the verdict.  He was found guilty of 21 counts, including two for first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting. 

Clark will be sentenced on April 30, 2010.  Insiders expect Clark to receive a life sentence from Judge Christina Habas. 

Clark’s legal problems continue, as second trial is scheduled on charges that he killed a witness in an unrelated case.

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Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood charged in February shooting | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

The Daily Camera reports that prosecutors have filed 15 charges against Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood, the alleged shooter in the February 23, 2010 at Deer Creek Middle School, in Denver. 

Eastwood, 32, of Hudson, Colorado, faces up to 97 years in prison if convicted on all counts. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $1 million cash bail bond.

Eastwood’s father has stated that he believes his son suffers from schizophrenia.

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What is the punishment for a firearms or weapons charge? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

What is the punishment for a firearms or weapons charge?

Type Class Incarceration Parole Fine
Carrying a concealed weapon / unlawful possession of weapons Class 2 Misdemeanor* 3 – 12 months None $250 – $1,000
Defacing a firearm Class 1 Misdemeanor** 6 – 18 months None $500 – $5,000
Possession of illegal weapon Class 1 Misdemeanor 6 – 18 months None $500 – $5,000
Possession of dangerous weapon Class 5 Felony*** 1 – 3 years 2 years $1,000 – $100,000

* Class 6 felony if at a school, college or university, unless an exception applies.

** You may also face federal charges.

*** Class 4 felony for subsequent violations.

The law is very strict and there are enhanced punishments for repeat offenders.  Additionally, convicted felons charged with possession of weapons face extremely harsh sentences.  It is imperative that you contact our offices today so we may begin fighting for your freedom!

If I do not want to fight the charge, is jail the only option? | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

No, there are many options available.  Depending on your criminal background, employment history, and references, you may be eligible for a variety of sentencing options.

I’m innocent, but I just want to resolve this quickly and quietly. | Denver Criminal Defense Attorney

Facing this type of crime prevents you from qualifying for deferred prosecution, and requires enrollment and attendance in specific treatments.  Even if you are granted probation or deferred sentencing, you will not be allowed to live in your own home if your accuser still resides there.