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by Neal Rogers
September 30, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Russia court issues arrest warrant for doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov; Sacha Modolo moves from UAE Emirates to EF Education First-Drapac for two years; After six years with Orica-Scott, Jens Keukeleire to Lotto-Soudal for 2018-19; Toms Skujins leaves Cannondale-Drapac, signs two-year deal with Trek-Segafredo; Davide Martinelli renews contract with Quick-Step Floors for two years; TT world champion Van Vleuten to pursue cyclocross, mountain-bike, and track aspirations; GoPro launches Hero6 Black and Fusion 360; Red Bull Last Stand eliminator criterium returns to Alamo Plaza in San Antonio; Colorado man who shot cyclists with pellet gun faces only misdemeanor charges.
A 65-year-old Colorado man who shot at cyclists with a pellet gun in July was not charged with a felony, and instead pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts: third-degree assault, reckless Endangerment, and launching a missile at a vehicle.
When a Jefferson County sheriff located Scott Brown following the incident, Brown told the sheriff that he keeps his pellet gun on hand because he hates squirrels. When he saw two cyclists on a tandem bicycle, he said that though they were not in his way or impeding his vehicle in any way, he shot at them because he “hates bikes,” noting that they “mess up the trails.”
Because he was only charged with misdemeanors, Brown will likely not face jail time. There is a maximum two-year county jail term associated with third-degree assault charge; otherwise sentencing is entirely subjective. However, in determining a sentence, the judge and the district attorney will consider impact statements from victims and the community.
Those who feel jail time, anger management courses, or curtailing gun ownership is warranted are encouraged to send an email to Jefferson County Deputy District Attorney Claire Czajkowski using the subject line Scott Brown M173625 October 13 Sentencing.
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