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Parents of Colorado Springs man plead guilty to federal charges

At what point must a parent let go of their desire to protect their child? A court will soon answer that question, in part, when it sentences the parents of a Colorado Springs man. They recently pleaded guilty to federal charges of helping their 25-year-old son elude police and to a charge of knowingly providing him with weapons after he left a halfway house here in February.

The son is accused of murder in the shooting death of a Chattanooga, Tennessee, police officer in April.

The parents are accused of booking hotel rooms for their son and also using aliases when renting a house for him. Authorities allege that the mother lied to them about not having seen him when they called her while in pursuit of her son.

The parents are pleading guilty in exchange for prosecutors requesting that the judge at their December sentencing hearing reduce their penalties.

They each face a possible 20 years in prison, according to the Times Free Press of Chattanooga.

Their son faces a possible death penalty in Tennessee if he's convicted of homicide.

He's accused of shooting the officer in the course of a failed robbery of a pawn shop.

Prosecutors claim that the suspect was hit by a police car after running from the store. They say the officer then got out of the vehicle and shot the man with a Taser. The suspect is accused of then shooting and killing the officer.

It will become clear in December how harshly the judge is inclined to be with the parents who helped their son and now admit their mistake.

Source: "Parents of accused cop-killer plead guilty in federal court in Chattanooga" by Todd Smith: Sept. 21, 2011

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