Craig man pleads guilty to violating probation |

Craig man pleads guilty to violating probation

Christina M. Currie

A Craig man who had a 12-hour standoff with police in July 2004 pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating the conditions of his probation. He faces as long as three years in prison and as much as $100,000 in fines — penalties he avoided by striking a plea with the District Attorney’s Office for his original charge of attempted first-degree criminal trespass, a Class 6 felony.

Jonathan Crook, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of attempted criminal trespassing in March.

The District Attorney’s Office did not oppose a sentence of probation.

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

According to police reports, Crook got in a fight with his girlfriend. He hit her in the eye with his closed fist and threw a beer bottle that struck the left side of her head, the reports indicate.

After his 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 canisters of CS gas into the house. The gas, a chemical similar to tear gas, forced Crook to exit the building.

Police found a sawed-off shotgun in the house.

Crook was required to submit to — and pay for — random drug testing as a condition of his probation. He was put on notice May 27 that he would be tested and failed to show up on any of the four days he was requested to appear.

Crook offered no excuses and no arguments Tuesday. He pleaded guilty and waived his right to a hearing.

He’ll be sentenced Nov. 22.

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