Georgie Hand sentenced to 82 years in prison
Craig — Georgie Hand, 44, was sentenced to 82 years in a Colorado Department of Corrections facility Monday at Moffat County Courthouse.
In April, a jury found Hand guilty of two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of menacing, two counts of disarming a peace officer and one count of third-degree criminal trespassing.
Charges were filed after Hand and her ex-husband, James Brent Damon, both Mississippi natives, disarmed and held Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Nathan Martinez and Moffat County Sheriff’s Deputy Bhrent Shock at gunpoint near Dinosaur National Monument in Moffat County on March 9, 2015.
Damon was shot and killed by Martinez after the officers initiated a struggle. Shock had one hand cuffed to his duty belt, but Martinez was unrestrained. When providing testimony at Hand’s trial, both officers said they were sure Damon intended to execute them.
Officers arrested Hand at the scene, and on April 7, a Moffat County jury convicted her for her involvement in the hostage situation.
In a news release, law enforcement officials and the district attorney said the 82-year sentence sends a strong message to individuals living outside the law.
“We hope that the length of the sentence serves as deterrence, sending a strong message that we will not tolerate those that choose to violate the law and threaten the dedicated professionals that place their lives on the line each day to protect our communities,” said CPW Assistant Director Heather Dugan in a statement.
Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume said he hopes the officers involved can begin to move on now that the ordeal is truly over.
“My thoughts continue to be with Deputy Shock, Officer Martinez and all affected by the evil perpetrated by Ms. Hand,” he said. “Perhaps the outcome of today’s sentencing hearing and the knowledge that Ms. Hand will likely never have the opportunity to harm another person will allow the healing process to begin in earnest.”
The state had sought a second-degree criminal trespassing conviction, but instead, the jury found Hand guilty of third-degree criminal trespassing. After being convicted by the jury, Hand faced a minimum of 52 years and a maximum of 160 years in state prison.
She will now serve 82 years in prison.
District Attorney Brett Barkey said the sentence is appropriate.
“The Court’s sentence of 82 years in prison sent a strong message of deterrence to those who would consider attacking our first responders,” Barkey said in a news release. “That Ms. Hand will likely spend the rest of her life in prison is an entirely appropriate result for a felon on parole who culminated a multi-state crime spree by kidnapping and robbing two officers.
‘As importantly, this sentence provides some justice for the impact of Ms. Hand’s crimes on the officers, their families and this community,’ Barkey continued.
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