Plea bargain reached in Rifle shooting
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Rifle man arrested for firing a .22-caliber rifle and arrows at police in Rifle on Dec. 10, as well as breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home, accepted a plea bargain Thursday on four felony counts. He also admitted to violating his probation in relation to two other cases.
Tobie Patterson, 24, pleaded guilty to felony menacing, stalking, second-degree burglary and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.
Patterson, 24, was originally arrested on charges alleging that he specifically intended to kill a Rifle police officer during the incident at his home on Clarkson Avenue. Those charges were dropped because the prosecution thought it would be too difficult to prove, 9th Judicial District assistant district attorney Gretchen Larson said after Thursday’s hearing.
Patterson also was charged with nine other counts after he reportedly fired two hunting arrows and at least 10 rifle shots at police during the six-hour standoff.
That incident began at about 2 a.m. on Dec. 10, when Patterson broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend. He then escaped to the home he shares with his parents. He allegedly fired at law officers from a basement window. When Patterson came out, he was hit by two “bean bag” shotgun rounds, fired by a SWAT team.
Under normal sentencing guidelines, Patterson could have received as much as 48 years in prison for the four felony counts to which he pleaded guilty, but part of the plea agreement was that the sentencing would range from five to 15 years.
Patterson, who remains free on $17,250 bond, will be sentenced on May 1.
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