Glenwood man gets 8 years for burglary, attempted sexual assault
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Glenwood Springs man received an eight-year prison sentence for burglary and sexual assault charges.
Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Daniel Petre sentenced Jose Luis Bravo-Arellanes, 28, to eight years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for second-degree burglary, and three years in prison for criminal attempt to commit sexual assault on a child. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Bravo-Arellanes pleaded guilty to the two felony counts in February as part of a plea deal offered by prosecutors.
Glenwood Springs Police arrested Bravo-Arellanes in August of 2009, on 92 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, after authorities allegedly discovered more than 1,500 articles of child pornography on his computer.
He was originally charged with 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a child, and one count of sexual assault on a child be a person in position of trust.
The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office dismissed, without prejudice, 20 charges of sexual exploitation of a child pending federal prosecution. However, the DA’s office reserved the right to refile the dismissed charges if the U.S. Attorney decides not to prosecute.
Prosecutor Matt Barrett requested the eight-year sentence, saying that this is “about as serious a case as our community can see.” Barrett added, “with that comes a serious consequence.”
“He has a long road ahead of him,” Barrett said. “This is not the end of the road for him.”
The defendant faces more incarceration time pending further prosecution by Federal attorneys on the 20 exploitation charges.
Ironically, Public Defender James Conway agreed that the eight-year sentence was appropriate for the charges, despite the fact that Bravo-Arellanes has no prior criminal convictions. Conway said also that his client returned to the United States even though he knew that police were looking for him in regards to this case.
Conway said that through his contact with the defendant, Bravo-Arellanes appeared “very child like” and that he “does not seem to fit into society.”
Conway added that the outcome of the federal prosecution does not look good. If found guilty on the 20 exploitation counts, the federal rules for sentencing increases the penalty depending on the amount of downloaded images. In Bravo-Arellanes’ case, detectives copied 29 video files that contained between six-to 18-minute clips of child pornography, and 1,594 still images from one of his computer’s hard drives.
Conway estimated that his client faces an additional 11 to 16 years if found guilty of those charges.
Bravo-Arellanes addressed the court through the use of an interpreter, basically throwing himself at the court’s mercy.
“The law is in your hands,” he said. “Whatever is prudent. I will not oppose anything you say.”
Petre said that this particular sentencing hearing was very difficult to contemplate sending such a young man to prison for such a long time. Especially, one who has had little to no contact with the justice system before.
“There are offenses that are so serious, they require us to go beyond what we would normally do,” Petre said. “Sometimes if it’s big enough, we have to go to the most extreme consequence first. This is one of those times.”
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