Man in police standoff sentenced to prison

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A Craig man who was in a 12-hour standoff with police in July last year said Tuesday that he deserves whatever punishment he gets.

Jonathan Crook, 24, was sentenced to serve one year in the Colorado Department of Corrections, followed by a year on parole. He pleaded guilty in March to a reduced charge of attempted criminal trespassing.

Crook originally was charged with attempted murder, domestic violence and second-degree assault after police responded to a report of domestic violence and reported finding a sawed-off shotgun in his home.

Judge Michael O'Hara, of the 14th Judicial District Court, called Crook's attitude Tuesday "a breath of fresh air."

"Most people don't come in here ready to admit they did something wrong," O'Hara said.

O'Hara had the option of sentencing Crook to 18 months in prison.

According to police reports, Crook got into a fight with his girlfriend in July. After the girlfriend reported the assault to the police, the Moffat County Joint Special Response Team went to 796 Barclay St. to arrest Crook. A 12-hour standoff ensued.

At one point, Crook told police he didn't want to go to jail and wanted police to shoot him, according to reports.

The standoff ended when police fired a chemical similar to tear gas into the home, forcing Crook out.

Police reported finding a sawed-off shotgun in the house.

Crook on Tuesday said alcoholism was at the root of his legal troubles. He said he has been attending Alcoholics Anonymous and other support group meetings as well as church.

"All in all I'm glad this happened because I probably won't drink again," Crook said.

Crook's father spoke, saying his son is a different person now -- one who can be trusted.

Crook was immediately taken into custody.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.

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