First suspect pleads guilty in Basalt armed robbery
One suspect in a Basalt home invasion robbery case has pleaded guilty to charges and faces up to 32 years in a state prison while a second suspect has pleaded not guilty. A third suspect was recently arrested, but he hasn’t entered a plea yet.
Michael Hawkins, 26, of Parachute, pleaded guilty Aug. 1 to aggravated robbery, a class 3 felony; and conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary, a class four felony. As a crime of violence, the robbery charge could add to Hawkins’ sentence. Hawkins is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 25. He faces a stipulated sentence of two to 12 years in the Department of Corrections for the conspiracy to commit second-degree burglary charge, according to the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. He will be sentenced to between 10 and 32 years in prison for the aggravated robbery charge with the crime of violence enhancer, according to DA’s office.
“As part of the plea deal made between the DA’s office and Hawkins, these sentences would have to be served concurrent to one another, and cannot be made to run consecutively,” the DA’s office said in a statement.
“We are pleased that Mr. Hawkins has made an admission of guilt in this case,” Deputy DA John Franks said in the statement. “The victim is happy with the agreement, which is always a top priority for us, and we feel that this will result in an appropriate and just sentence.”
Sergio Sanchez, 25, of Rifle, has pleaded not guilty to similar charges that Hawkins faced. His case is heading toward trial, and a hearing on various motions is scheduled for Sept. 25.
The robbery of a 70-year-old woman in her home on Riverside Drive in Basalt occurred Nov. 28. Hawkins and Sanchez were arrested last winter. A third suspect was identified and arrested in July after an investigator for the DA’s office examined evidence in the case and determined there was a third person driving the getaway car. The third suspect was a 17-year-old male at the time of the crime so he hasn’t been identified. He is being held in the Eagle County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.
Police said the victim of the robbery came out of her bedroom after taking a shower and found Hawkins and allegedly Sanchez in her house. One man pointed a gun at her while the other searched for valuables, Basalt police said. They fled the house and allegedly ordered her not to call authorities or they would come back and kill her. The victim was unhurt.
Hawkins and the other men made two monumental blunders in the case. One was pointing the gun at the victim when she exited the bedroom. Basalt police said after the crime that they believed the suspects thought no one was home and they would be committing burglary rather than a robbery. Police have never said what led them to that conclusion because the case is still active.
By pointing the gun at the victim and threatening her, it enhanced the charges and length of sentences.
Their other blunder was stealing an iPhone. The victim’s son and police used a tracking application to locate where the phone ended up. That led to Hawkins.
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