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Man sentenced to 298 years in prison after arrest

A 47-year-old Colorado Springs man was sentenced on Feb. 24 for his involvement in a crime spree in January 2013. According to reports, the man was found guilty of several charges, including attempted robbery, aggravated robbery, assault on a peace officer, criminal impersonation and being a habitual criminal.

The crimes apparently started on Jan. 26, 2013, when the man robbed a King Soopers on Stetson Hills Boulevard and a Joann Fabrics on Bloomington Street after carjacking a Subaru station wagon. Police attempted to stop the Subaru on Jan. 30, but the man crashed the vehicle in a field near Powers Boulevard and Platte Avenue before ditching the car. He then tried to carjack another vehicle at a Loaf N' Jug store but was unsuccessful.

The man then apparently carjacked a Nissan X-Terra at gunpoint and attempted to rob TCF Bank on New Center Point. He was not successful, however, and police were able to trap him between Bloomington Street and Carefree Circle. In the process, the man injured officers by ramming into the police cars.

According to court records, the man also had a prior criminal history that dates back to 1985 with charges including theft, bail violation, burglary, DUI, domestic violence and fraud. He was sentenced to a total of 298 years in prison at the Colorado Department of Corrections for the crimes in January.

It seems clear that a prior history of offenses was a factor in the man's conviction for being a habitual criminal and the length of his sentence. A prior criminal history is an important thing for criminal defense representation to be aware of, as it decides on a defense strategy that will bring about the best chance at a positive outcome for the defendant.

Source:  The Gazette, "Colorado Springs man sentenced to 298 years in prison" Andrea Sinclair, Feb. 24, 2014

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