Rifle man gets 11 years after firing on police

by greg massE
Post Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The man convicted of firing a .22-caliber rifle and arrows at police during a standoff in Rifle last December has been sentenced to 11 years in state prison.

Tobie Aaron Patterson, 25, of Rifle was sentenced May 1, after pleading guilty to felony menacing, stalking, second-degree burglary and possession of a weapon by a previous offender for his role in a standoff with Rifle police. Patterson also was sentenced for violating probation on two other cases, but that jail time will be served concurrently.

In court on May 1, 9th District Judge T. Peter Craven said Patterson would serve nine years in prison, but Court Clerk Jim Bradford said Craven was working on an order Monday to clarify that Patterson’s actual sentence is 11 years.

The standoff with police began about 2 a.m. on Dec. 10, when Patterson allegedly broke into the home of his ex-girlfriend.

He escaped from there and went to the home he shared with his parents. He fired at law officers from a basement window.

When Patterson came out, he was hit by two beanbag shotgun rounds, fired by officers of the Mesa County 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 as part of the plea agreement reached between Patterson’s attorney and prosecutors, Craven sentenced him to 11 years.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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