Judge sentences escapee to 15 years in prison

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Brian Nuebel

A man who walked away from a Moffat County Jail work detail in the summer was sentenced Monday in Moffat County District Court for escape and burglary.

Brian Nuebel pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Shelley Hill to second-degree burglary of a building, a Class 4 felony, and escape, a Class 3 felony.

As part of a plea agreement reached with the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, prosecutors dismissed an escape from parole charge, a Class 5 felony.

Hill sentenced Nuebel, 40, originally from Iowa, to 15 years in prison for the escape conviction and 12 years in prison for the burglary conviction.

The sentences will run concurrently.

The escape and burglary charges stem from a June incident in which Nuebel walked away from the Moffat County Public Safety Center. He was outside the safety center working unsupervised with two other inmates. The inmates reported Nuebel’s escape to authorities.

After his escape, Nuebel broke into the Moffat County Landfill, and later stole a vehicle in Hayden, according to court records.

Also part of the plea agreement reached with prosecutors was that Nuebel plead guilty to a pending burglary charge in Routt County, a charge stemming from the vehicle theft in Hayden.

He is scheduled to enter his plea today in Routt County and be sentenced to 15 years in prison for that offense, which will also run concurrently.

Days after his June escape, Nuebel was found in Grand Junction. He allegedly broke into a church, where deputies from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department found him and took him into custody.

He faces criminal charges in Mesa County.

He also has criminal cases pending in Jefferson and Garfield counties.

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