An 18-year-old Craig resident accused of trying to rob a woman of her change as she was doing laundry, pleaded guilty to one charge in that case in Moffat County District Court on Tuesday.
Sean Lee Jackson, 18, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery from a Jan. 2 incident. Moffat County District Court Judge Michael O'Hara sentenced Jackson to 2 1/2 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections in concurrent sentences that include other cases. He will receive credit of more than five months for time he's served in the Moffat County Jail.
Jackson also pleaded guilty to aggravated motor vehicle theft in a 2004 case that was committed while he was a juvenile.
Judge O'Hara recommended that Jackson enroll in the prison's regimented training program, which, if completed successfully, would limit much of the jail time.
"I'm horrified in what I read about you in these files," O'Hara said.
However, O'Hara agreed with Jackson's lawyer, Erick Nordstrom, that the 18-year-old could benefit from rehabilitation. Nordstrom asked the judge to sentence Jackson to the mid-point of the sentencing range for the 18-year-old's plea agreement. The maximum jail time for the guilty pleas was three years in prison.
"I realize that every person has the opportunity to make their own decisions," Nordstrom said. "I fear that because of his age, he won't be able to take advantage of opportunities. I think it's important to keep his age in mind and remember that people are not disposable."
Jackson originally faced 10 charges, most of them misdemeanor counts, in connection with the Jan. 2 incident.
At that time, Columbine resident Kourtney Gelvin told the Daily Press that she had been talking on her cell phone and doing laundry in the complex's laundry room when a man attempted to steal a jar of change she had set on a nearby washing machine. The jar held about $5 to $10 in quarters, Gelvin said. The man left the room when Gelvin caught him trying to steal the jar, but he came back a few minutes later, she said. A scuffle ensued when he tried to take her cell phone and managed to get away with the top half of it, Gelvin said.
Deputy District Attorney, Amy Fitch pressed for the strictest sentencing of three years.
O'Hara told Jackson that he couldn't require him to seek rehabilitative treatment, but he would recommend it.
"I do hope you do the program," O'Hara said. "I want to see you back here with the file in front of me that says you've completed the program."
Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or ahatten@craigdailypress.