Nichols found guilty on assault charge, cleared of attempted murder |

Nichols found guilty on assault charge, cleared of attempted murder

A Garfield County jury on Thursday found former Silt resident Padrikea Nichols guilty of first-degree assault with a deadly weapon but cleared him of an attempted murder charge.

The verdict from the jury of nine women and three men came after a two-week-long trial in Glenwood Springs before Garfield District Judge John Neiley.

Nichols, 37, was immediately remanded back to the custody of the Garfield County Sheriff and placed in the county jail with no possibility for bail due to the conviction involving a deadly weapon.

He is to be back in court the afternoon of Oct. 6, when a formal sentencing date is expected to be set.

He had been free on a personal recognizance bond since a July pre-trial court hearing, after having been in the Garfield County Jail for over a year since his initial April 26 arrest on a $250,000 bond.

He was ultimately found guilty on the assault charge stemming from a domestic-violence related incident the night of April 25, 2021, when he came to the Glenwood Springs home of his ex-wife, Jenna Powell, in the 800 block of Pitkin Avenue and used a 9-mm handgun to shoot 26-year-old Thomas “TJ” Powell, who was the husband of his ex-wife at the time.

Powell was seriously injured and was ultimately air-lifted to a Denver hospital, where he underwent extensive surgeries and was left paralyzed, according to court records in the case. He died in November 2021 in New York City while living with family.

The confrontation followed a dispute that had been brewing since the night before, in which Powell had allegedly threatened to harm his wife because she had gone out with Nichols. A loud phone conversation prompted a police response to a downtown Glenwood Springs bar, during which Nichols was said by prosecutors to have made threats on Powell’s life.

Nichols had claimed he was acting in self defense, and that it was TJ Powell who was the aggressor in the confrontation and who was also armed with a gun at the time. 

Nichols’ public defenders argued during the trial that Jenna Powell was complicit in inciting the confrontation and was trying to make TJ Powell jealous.

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.