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Summit Stalker of Pregnant Woman Sentenced to Prison

BRECKENRIDGE, CO – Justin King, 26, was sentenced Sept. 7 to nine years in the Colorado Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to Felony Stalking of a Summit County woman after a protection order had issued, prohibiting him from contacting her. Defendant King had also violated a November 2015 deferred sentence for Stalking, which weighed heavily on Chief Judge Thompson at Thursday’s sentencing.

Despite having a short-lived relationship, King continued contacting the victim, who was pregnant, via emails, social media and text messages, telling her of his love for her and desire to reunite, despite a protective order against him from contacting her. In April 2017 the messages turned menacing, with King sending pictures of a hand gun and threatening the victim saying he was going to come and shoot at her home. The Summit County Sheriff’s Office investigated the matter and arrested King when on May 27, 2017, as Sheriff’s deputies went to King’s residence, the defendant grabbed a weapon and barricaded himself in the house’s basement. SWAT members were called in, and King was eventually arrested. (See http://www.summitdaily.com/news/peaceful-conclusion-to-armed-standoff-in-silverthorne/.)

“Victims of threats and stalking need to be proactive and alert law enforcement to unwanted pursuers,” said District Attorney Bruce Brown. “Domestic violence crimes have a high risk of harm to victims, their families and children. A threatening person was taken off the streets today, and will find a home where he cannot cause fear in our community.”

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JUSTIN MICHAEL KING