Crook strikes deal, pleads guilty

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A Craig man who had a 12-hour standoff with police last summer pleaded guilty to felony charges in state District Court Monday.

Jonathan Crook, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted criminal trespassing and domestic violence. The plea was part of a deal Crook made with the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch said her office would not oppose a sentence of probation if the probation office recommends Crook serve it rather than a prison sentence.

"You're lucky not to be headed to Cañon City," District Court Judge Richard Spriggs told Crook.

But the state prison still could be Crook's destination. The charges to which he pleaded guilty carry a maximum sentence of one-year confinement in a state prison, one year of parole, and a $100,000 fine.

Crook originally was charged with attempted murder, domestic violence and second-degree assault.

According to police reports, Crook got in a fight last July with his girlfriend of one year. He hit her in the eye with his closed fist and threw a beer bottle that struck the left side of her head, according to court documents.

After the girlfriend reported the assault to the police, the Moffat County Joint Special Response Team went to 796 Barclay St. to arrest Crook. Police thought Crook was armed with a "dangerous weapon." A 12-hour standoff ensued.

At one point, Crook told police he did not want to go to jail and wanted police to shoot him.

The standoff ended at 4 a.m., when police fired into the house canisters of CS gas, a chemical similar to tear gas, and Crook exited the building.

Police found a sawed-off shotgun in the house.

Crook will be sentenced in about six weeks. He is currently out of jail on bond.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or rgebhart@ craigdailypress.com.

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