April 25, 2013 9:50 AM
A $600,000 settlement has been reached for nearly 200 prisoners injured in a prison riot eight years ago. It happened in July 2004, at the Crowley County Correctional Complex and lasted almost six hours.
In all, 13 inmates were taken to the hospital afterward and hundreds more injured. In... more »
April 13, 2013 3:16 PM
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - A 30-year-old man who was convicted in a fatal stabbing near Grand Junction has been sentenced to life in prison. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports District Judge Brian Flynn sentenced Julio Ortiz on Friday and added another 146 years on habitual criminal charges. Ortiz... more »
April 6, 2013 7:22 PM
Evan Ebel remains the prime suspect in two Colorado shootings that resulted in the deaths of Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements and Nathan Leon, a pizza delivery driver from Golden.
Prior to Ebel's release in January 2013, he was serving time on a 2005 conviction for carjacking... more »
March 29, 2013 11:14 PM
Evan Spencer Ebel, the prime suspect in the shooting death of Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements and Golden pizza delivery man Nathan Leon may have been released from prison early due to a record keeping error.
Ebel was sentenced to 3 years in 2005 for breaking into... more »
February 4, 2013 1:27 PM
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Authorities say 27 inmates escaped from a Brazilian penitentiary crawling through the sewage system. An official at Rio de Janeiro state's Bangu prison complex told media that 31 prisoners attempted the break on Sunday. Within hours four were recaptured still inside the sewage system. It... more »
January 28, 2013 12:19 PM
DETROIT (AP) - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been released from a city lockup where he spent the weekend for violating parole in the 2008 criminal conviction that booted him from office. Kilpatrick left the Michigan Corrections Department facility in Detroit Monday morning. He had been locked up there... more »
January 7, 2013 4:16 PM
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for running what prosecutors claim was an illegal pot business that only pretended to be legitimate under California's medical marijuana law. Aaron Sandusky of Rancho Cucamonga was sentenced Monday for conspiracy and possession... more »
December 8, 2012 12:04 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - The United States says the U.S. Army has detained more than 200 Afghan teenagers captured in the war for about a year at a time at a prison next to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. The U.S. State Department calls the detainees "enemy combatants" in a report... more »
September 17, 2012 2:16 PM
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A condemned Ohio inmate who weighs at least 480 pounds wants his upcoming execution delayed, saying he's too heavy for the state's lethal injection process. Ronald Post shot and killed a hotel clerk in northern Ohio almost 30 years ago. He says his weight, vein access,... more »
August 22, 2012 4:47 PM
Two former workers at a Nebraska center for developmentally disabled adults are going to prison for abusing residents. A judge today sentenced Cameron Barnes, of Fairbury, to 2 to 4 years on two felony counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult, to be served consecutively.
Matthew Johnson, of Beatrice, was... more »
August 15, 2012 6:01 PM
A woman convicted of causing a fatal head-on collision after driving the wrong way on Interstate 25 has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, followed by five years of parole. Before she was sentenced today in Denver, Victoria Barry told a judge she will suffer for the rest of... more »
May 21, 2012 1:14 AM
NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) - A guard at a southwest Mississippi prison died Sunday and several other employees were injured during a disturbance involving hundreds of inmates that continued into the evening, authorities and the prison's operator said. Emily Ham, a spokeswoman for the Adams County Sheriff's Office, confirmed Sunday evening... more »
March 16, 2012 1:22 PM
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Governor John Hickenlooper have announced how $51 million from a recent multi-state settlement with bankers will be used. It includes funding for a program at the now closed Ft. Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas.
"These funds will help keep Coloradans in their... more »
March 15, 2012 8:28 AM
CHICAGO (AP) - Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has left his Chicago home and is heading to Colorado to begin a 14-year federal prison term for corruption. The one-time golden boy of Illinois politics with a penchant for television cameras is expected to report to the prison by 2 p.m.... more »
February 15, 2012 8:29 AM
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) - A forensic official in Honduras says a fire that swept through a prison has killed at least 272 inmates. Lucy Marder, chief of forensic medicine for the prosecutors' office, gave the death count to reporters in a radio news conference early Wednesday. The head of the... more »
January 27, 2012 5:15 PM
Torey Kuznicki was sentenced to 40 years in prison this afternoon in death of Michael Hopkins of Pueblo West in June of 2010.
Hopkins was shot in his home during a middle-of-the-night burglary. Kuznicki was 16 at the time.
Kuznicki pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder. The forty... more »
December 3, 2011 9:57 PM
DENVER (AP) - Authorities say a man imprisoned for killing an 11-year-old boy and throwing him in a trash bin has been killed under "suspicious circumstances" at Sterling Correctional Facility. Denver Coroner's Office says Lyle Brent White died Thursday and an autopsy will performed on him Saturday. The Denver Post... more »
November 4, 2011 6:28 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A man who confessed his role in killing an Iraq war veteran whose body was stuffed in a toy box in Colorado Springs has been sentenced to 36 years in prison.
The Gazette reports 39-year-old Peter Steven Miller Jr. apologized before he was sentenced... more »
October 29, 2011 2:03 PM
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Amnesty International says an Iranian appeals court has overturned the lashing sentence against an actress who appeared in a film critical of the Islamic republic's hard-line policies. Amnesty's website says Marzieh Vafamehr was released from prison earlier this week after her sentence of one... more »
October 5, 2011 8:16 PM
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say five Larimer County inmates could face sanctions or criminal charges after surveillance video showed them sharpening pieces of metal from a gymnasium clock into shanks or acting as lookouts for those who did. Sheriff's officials said Wednesday all five are now in a... more »
October 5, 2011 5:50 PM
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah health officials are investigating a suspected botulism outbreak in 12 inmates who may have contracted the disease after drinking alcohol homebrewed inside a prison cell. Salt Lake Valley Health Department spokesman Nicholas Rupp says eight men were hospitalized, three of which are in critical... more »
October 5, 2011 4:03 PM
DENVER (AP) - A man convicted of a 1998 terrorist strike on the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania has won the right to sue the federal government over tight restrictions on his visitors and letter-writing at the federal Supermax prison in southern Colorado.
Khalfan Khamis Mohammed is serving a life... more »
September 20, 2011 1:20 PM
A 73 year old inmate at the Supermax prison in Florence has died in his cell. Leroy Schweitzer was found unresponsive in his cell Tuesday morning. Efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. A statement released by Bureau of Prisons says that Schweitzer's death appears to have been from natural causes.... more »
July 26, 2011 8:38 AM
LAS ANIMAS, Colo. (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper is visiting southeastern Colorado to talk with employees at a rural prison that's closing because of budget cuts.
Hickenlooper will update prison staff on Tuesdasy about plans to finding another use for the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility in Las Animas. Closing... more »
June 29, 2011 5:17 AM
DENVER (AP) - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers says a man whose murder conviction was overturned based on new evidence has been officially exonerated after a yearlong investigation.
Timothy Masters was released from prison in 2008 after serving about a decade in prison for the murder of Peggy Hettrick.... more »
May 30, 2011 4:56 PM
DENVER (AP) - The deaths of two inmates found dead in their cells in separate jails in Denver and Aurora Saturday are under investigation. In Denver, a 51-year-old male was found dead in his cell at the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center. Authorities say there was no sign of foul play... more »
May 25, 2011 6:44 PM
Bent County Commissioner Bill Long and Gov. John Hickenlooper's Chief of Staff, Roxane White, led a delegation to Washington, D.C., this week to meet with federal officials about new uses for the Fort Lyon Prison in Las Animas.
Governor Hickenlooper made the decision to close the prison next year,... more »
May 22, 2011 11:37 AM
DENVER (AP) - A Colorado congressman is pushing for the federal government to find a new purpose for a Bent County state prison due to be closed next year because of state budget cuts.
Republican Rep. Cory Gardner has written a letter to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs urging... more »
May 3, 2011 2:18 PM
A section of Colorado Highway 71 will be renamed after an employee of the Colorado Department of Corrections who was killed on the job.
Tomorrow at the Limon Correctional Facility a section of Highway 71 will be named after Eric Autobee. He was a Sgt. who was killed in... more »
May 1, 2011 1:31 PM
ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) - Authorities in Connecticut are taking steps to help prison inmates cope with a problem that affects them and inmates around the nation: child-support debts that mount while they're behind bars.
The state's Judicial Branch says 36 percent of its open child-support cases involve more than... more »
April 30, 2011 2:50 PM
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A Louisville man who pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and child abuse charges after a crash that killed a young mother has been sentenced to three years in prison.
The Camera newspaper reports 24-year-old Corey Lee Smith apologized during his sentencing hearing Friday in Boulder.... more »
April 26, 2011 1:23 PM
DENVER (AP) - A bill to limit the number of mentally ill inmates who can be put in solitary confinement in Colorado prisons faces its first vote in the Legislature.
The Senate Judiciary Committee was scheduled to vote Tuesday on the measure. The percentage of Colorado inmates with mental... more »
April 23, 2011 2:01 PM
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) - An inmate who escaped from an Arizona prison and was caught after a shootout with police in Colorado has been sentenced to 48 years in prison for firing at an officer.
The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction reports that Daniel Renwick was also sentenced... more »
April 13, 2011 2:49 PM
About a hundred firefighters are aiding the effort to contain a wildfire near Las Animas. They come mostly from southern Colorado counties around Las Animas.
But about 20 of them are inmates from the Colorado Department of Corrections. They're called the Juniper Valley team and they come from the... more »
April 13, 2011 2:32 PM
The Fort Lyon Correctional Facility is now on emergency power after fire severed power lines to the facility.
At this time there are no plans to evacuate prisoners. The fire has come to within a quarter of a mile of the facility this week, but has not destroyed any... more »
April 12, 2011 3:01 PM
FORT LYON, Colo. (AP) - A large wildfire in southeast Colorado has been 85 percent contained. Fire managers said cooperative weather Monday night helped crews fighting an 11-square-mile wildfire near Las Animas, about 85 miles east of Pueblo. Crews were working Tuesday to put out hot spots and protect structures... more »
April 9, 2011 9:43 AM
DENVER (AP) - A man convicted in a fatal shooting at a restaurant near Denver's 16th Street pedestrian mall has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Forty-two-year-old Yan De Yang received the maximum sentence Friday.
Jurors convicted him earlier this year of manslaughter and third-degree assault in... more »
March 8, 2011 8:31 AM
DENVER (AP) - State lawmakers are scheduled to meet with officials from a southeastern Colorado city to discuss the possible closing of a prison that residents say will damage the area's economy.
The Joint Budget Committee will meet with Bent County officials this afternoon to hear their concerns as... more »
March 2, 2011 7:29 PM
Governor John Hickenlooper spent the day in the lower Arkansas Valley, listening to concerns about closing the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility near Las Animas.
Hickenlooper toured the prison this morning, then met with local officials. The state plans to assign about 200 prison employees to other facilities. Bent County... more »
February 16, 2011 11:12 PM
Early Saturday morning, Linda Sanchez received a call no mother ever wants to get. "She said I hate to tell you this over the phone but we found your son dead." explains Sanchez. Her son, 38 year old Cleveland Flood, an inmate at the Sterling Correctional Facility was found dead... more »
February 16, 2011 5:03 PM
A town hall type meeting to explain the decision to close the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility has been moved from La Junta to Las Animas.
Tom Clements, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, said closing the prison will save an estimated $6.3 million a year.
... more »
February 16, 2011 12:21 AM
On Saturday evening just before midnight, chaos broke out at the Sterling Correctional Facility. Inmate Cleveland Flood was assaulted by at least one other inmate.
"He subsequently died and our staff found him," explains Katherine Sanguinetti, spokesperson for the Colorado Department of Corrections. Since then a graphic photo from... more »
February 15, 2011 7:21 PM
Tom Clements, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections announced a plan today to close the Fort Lyon Correctional Facility located near Las Animas.
The prison has an emphasis on health care services, including high needs medical care, geriatrics and services for offenders with serious mental illnesses.... more »
January 22, 2011 10:42 AM
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - A former Louisville woman serving a 16-year sentence for her infant son's death is seeking a new trial on claims that she was so emotionally abused and manipulated by her husband and his family that she couldn't adequately defend herself.
The request for a new... more »
January 20, 2011 7:23 PM
An inmate at the federal prison complex at Florence was found guilty today of assaulting an officer with a weapon.
Timothy Young, 52, an inmate at the Administrative Maximum Security institution was found guilty today by a jury on a charge of assault on a federal officer with a... more »
January 15, 2011 6:48 PM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado woman has been sentenced to six years in prison after she pleaded guilty to fatal child abuse in the death of her 3-year-old adopted son.
Michelle Dosdall of Peyton was charged in the March 29 death of her son Tristan. She was... more »
January 1, 2011 5:43 PM
DENVER (AP) - The number of inmates in Colorado prisons is falling for the first time in years, and legislative economists are predicting a steeper slide in coming years due in part to new state laws.
The Department of Corrections says the population in state prisons steadily rose from... more »
December 16, 2010 5:52 PM
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - An Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama's eligibility to be commander in chief has been sentenced to six months in a military prison and will be dismissed from the Army.
A military jury sentenced Lt.... more »
December 1, 2010 7:19 PM
HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (AP) - A former Denver-area postal worker who stole more than 11,000 packages and sold the items for more than $85,000 has been sentenced to 2.5 years in federal prison.
Denver's KUSA-TV reports the judge sentenced 48-year-old David Schmauder to the maximum sentence Monday. He pleaded... more »
November 27, 2010 12:37 PM
DENVER (AP) - A former Colorado Springs man and a longtime fugitive has been sentenced to about 14 years in federal prison for drug and weapons crimes - and failure to show up for his sentencing in 1995.
The U.S. attorney's office for Colorado says 49-year-old Ronald Thrasher was... more »
October 22, 2010 8:13 AM
DENVER (AP) - A suburban Denver pot grower who tried to set up a federal-state showdown on medical marijuana agreed to a five-year prison term and was handcuffed in court and led away after pleading guilty.
Christopher Bartkowicz, 37, pleaded guilty Thursday to three drug charges stemming from his... more »
October 13, 2010 6:59 PM
DENVER (AP) - A man who once faced the death penalty for a brutal prison slaying has won a new trial after a Colorado judge ruled that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence that could have won the man an acquittal.
David Bueno, a former inmate at Limon Correctional... more »
October 7, 2010 5:12 PM
A corrections officer at the federal penitentiary in Florence was stabbed in the back three times by a prisoner using a homemade shank. The officer was treated at a hospital for his injuries and released.
The attack happened around noon on Wednesday. The prisoner was quickly subdued by other... more »
October 4, 2010 9:51 AM
The co-founder of a big-cat sanctuary in El Paso County faces up to six years in prison after he admitted stealing from a volunteer who was mauled by a 400-pound Bengal tiger.
Nick Sculac, 60, of the Serenity Springs Wildlife Center pleaded guilty in July to bilking a volunteer... more »
October 1, 2010 5:53 PM
A 19-year old Pueblo man is headed to prison for the shooting death of another teen. On Thursday, Lorenzo Oscar Gonzalez has been convicted of first degree murder and five counts of attempted murder. The murder charge comes with a mandatory life sentence. The shooting happened on E. 5fth St.,... more »
September 15, 2010 1:19 PM
A man who pleaded guilty to killing four people has reportedly been investigated as a suspect in the 2004 slaying of a woman in Westminster.
Catrina Powell's body was found dumped behind a strip mall.
Sister-in-law Dachelle Powell said a detective involved in the case told her Scott... more »
September 15, 2010 8:22 AM
A former stockbroker accused of running a $21 million Ponzi scheme from his suburban Denver home for 15 years has been sentenced to 12½ years in federal prison.
Victims packed the courtroom Tuesday when U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger sentenced Shawn Merriman. He had pleaded guilty to defrauding at... more »
September 14, 2010 9:43 AM
American hiker Sarah Shourd was released from an Iranian prison on Tuesday after being held for more than a year under suspicion of spying, NBC News reported.
Shourd, 32, was among one of three Americans apprehended by Iranian security forces near the border with northern Iraq in July 2009.... more »
September 13, 2010 8:36 AM
A judge is weighing a lawsuit against the Colorado State Patrol that alleges a trooper's high-speed pursuit of a suspect was the reason for a crash that killed a pregnant woman's unborn child.
Mesa County Judge David Bottger will determine after a four-day hearing in April whether the lawsuit... more »
September 8, 2010 2:51 PM
The head of Colorado's prison system has declined to tell Sterling residents exactly how an inmate escaped from a nearby maximum security prison.
Ari Zavaras, director of prisons for the Colorado Department of Corrections, told a town meeting Tuesday that Douglas Alward gathered materials inside the prison that helped... more »
September 3, 2010 6:31 PM
A Mexican man who prosecutors call the leader of a group that smuggled tons of marijuana into the U.S. has been sentenced to 27 years in prison and ordered to forfeit $4 million to the American government. Carlos Molinares Nunez, also known as "Calinche" was charged in November 2006. Authorities... more »
August 25, 2010 8:27 PM
Part of a new maximum security prison will open next week. It's located east of Canon City on Evans Boulevard, off of Highway 50. The Centennial Correctional Facility will hold some of Colorado's most violent offenders, who've had trouble at other prisons. One wing of the prison will open on... more »
August 25, 2010 2:23 PM
An escaped prison inmate was captured in a modular home where he was holding a woman hostage, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections. That information is dramatically different from what was originally reported, that Douglas Alward was apprehended in a corn field.
The hostage was not injured.
... more »
August 25, 2010 8:37 AM
Authorities are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a Colorado inmate who made what officials say was an "elaborate escape" from a maximum security prison.
A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says authorities are going door-to-door around the Sterling Correction Facility as they search for... more »
August 24, 2010 9:30 AM
The search continues for an inmate who escaped from a maximum security prison in northeastern Colorado.
Douglas Alward fled from the Sterling Correctional Facility about 100 miles northeast of Denver sometime Sunday night. He was serving a 20- to- 40-year sentence for attempted murder, assault, burglary and kidnapping.
... more »
August 20, 2010 8:17 AM
The last man on the run following a prison break in northwest Arizona is back behind bars.
John McCluskey and fiancee Casslyn Welch, who's also his cousin, were captured Thursday evening at an Arizona campsite, just 300 miles east of the prison.
Authorities say a ranger with the... more »
August 18, 2010 9:09 AM
A white supremacist convicted of civil rights violations in the 1984 machine-gun slaying of Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg has died in federal prison.
Bruce Pierce, 56, died of natural causes Monday at the Allenwood Federal Correction Complex near Allenwood, Pennsylvania. Pierce was serving a 252-year sentence... more »
August 18, 2010 8:15 AM
A federal judge in Denver has dismissed claims by Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols that prison officials violated his constitutional rights by depriving him of a diet he requested for health and religious reasons.
U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello said in a ruling issued Monday that Nichols didn't... more »
August 17, 2010 8:16 AM
Alaska corrections officials say an Alaska inmate has died while being held in a private prison in Colorado.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the inmate died Sunday at Hudson Correctional Facility.
Colorado officials are investigating the death of the 44-year-old man. His identity hasn't been released pending notification... more »
August 9, 2010 1:48 PM
Federal agents on Monday captured one of two inmates who escaped from an Arizona prison as he walked, armed with a handgun, outside a Wyoming church, and were still hunting for the other fugitive and a suspected accomplice.
Convicted killer Tracy Province told authorities he was relieved that the... more »
July 30, 2010 10:56 AM
A Florida inmate has filed a lawsuit seeking $500,000 in damages from three men who caught him red-handed with a stolen bicycle, claiming they roughed him up, according to a newspaper report.
Michael Dupree is serving a 12-year sentence for burglary and cocaine possession stemming from a 2007 break-in... more »
July 23, 2010 9:22 AM
Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio is asking if a trial on a civil complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission can be held in Kansas instead of Denver.
The SEC complaint alleges Nacchio and other former Qwest executives misled investors. Nacchio's lawyers said in documents filed in federal... more »
July 20, 2010 7:37 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has passed a bill that bans inmates from using or possessing cell phones in federal prisons.
A similar bill already has passed the Senate. Congress is trying to crack down on the smuggling of cell phones into federal prisons, where they can be used... more »
July 20, 2010 11:07 AM
A former chief of construction at Fort Carson is accused of failing to report about $3,400 in gifts.
William T. Armstrong of Pueblo faces a federal charge of filing a false financial disclosure report. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and fined... more »
July 6, 2010 8:32 AM
A Colorado prison escapee has discovered it's a good idea to use turn signals.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Rickey Hunter was pulled over by a trooper in Enid early Saturday. Trooper Josh Byrd said in a report that Hunter had failed to use his turn signals before rounding... more »