Tancredo pleads guilty to harassment | PostIndependent.com

Tancredo pleads guilty to harassment

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE – Crystal Ann Tancredo, who’s sure she’s related to Colorado Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo, pleaded guilty to one count of harassment Wednesday.Tancredo, 26, of Grand Junction, was sentenced to fines, 32 hours of community service and one year of unsupervised probation. She must also write a letter of apology to police. In exchange for the guilty plea, charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct were dismissed. Police had arrested her in September on additional charges of assault on a peace officer and ethnic intimidation. She posted a $7,000 bond.Crystal Tancredo was arrested on Sept. 4 at the Burning Mountain Bowl in New Castle when a police officer heard loud voices and separated parties he believed were about to fight in the parking lot. The officer wrote in an arrest affidavit that a bartender told him he saw Tancredo pushing someone in the chest. The officer wrote that Tancredo swore and yelled a racial epithet, refused to comply in several ways, jerked her hands around when he tried to handcuff her and at one point said, “I don’t have to move, my uncle is Tom Tancredo.”Carlos Espinosa, a press secretary to Rep. Tom Tancredo, said at the time of the arrest, “Tom said that he is not aware of any relative, niece or anyone related to him that he’s aware of by the name Crystal Ann or anything along those lines.”He added that it’s possible that there could be some distant relation, but “as far as anyone he’s ever met, no.”After the arrest, Crystal Tancredo said Tom Tancredo is actually her great uncle. She said she loves what he’s doing with immigration laws.Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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