Rifle man faces 6-11 years in prison
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Rifle man, who evaded police for five weeks after jumping out of a two-story apartment window last September, faces between six and 11 years in prison after pleading guilty in three separate cases.
Gearod Pinkerton, 33, had seven open cases dating back to 2005, and also has a felony theft case pending in Mesa County. He entered guilty pleas in three cases Thursday in Garfield County District Court, two cases from 2010 and one from 2009. Charges to which he pleaded guilty include felony theft, violation of a bail bond – a class 6 felony – and two misdemeanor counts of obstructing a police officer and second-degree trespassing.
It was a complex case that prosecutor Matt Barrett, public defender James Conway, and 9th Judicial District Judge Daniel Petre were pleased to see reaching conclusion.
“We need a flow chart for all these cases,” Petre said.
While Pinkerton pleaded guilty to three of the seven active cases, prosecutors agreed to dismiss two of the cases altogether. Pinkerton had already entered pleas previously in the two remaining cases.
Unfortunately for Pinkerton, he faces harsher penalties of between six and 11 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, and does not qualify for Community Corrections or probation because the court considers his case aggravated. Pinkerton was out on bond for older cases when he committed the most recent crimes, to which he pleaded guilty on Thursday.
According to Conway, Mesa County prosecutors have offered Pinkerton a plea deal on the felony theft charge. Conway told Judge Petre that prosecutors agreed that if Pinkerton pleaded guilty in that case, the sentence would run concurrently with the other cases.
Pinkerton remains in the Garfield County Jail on $29,000 bond, and he will be sentenced in July.
Authorities first attempted to apprehend Pinkerton on Sept. 2, 2009, in the Palomino Park subdivision in Rifle, after discovering that he had multiple arrest warrants for failure to appear for court. Pinkerton was accused of breaking into two homes in the subdivision as well.
Pinkerton jumped from a two-story apartment to avoid arrest. Authorities searched for Pinkerton for five weeks before they finally caught up with and arrested him last October.
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