Hand Sentenced to 82 years

14TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

BRETT D. BARKEY – DISTRICT ATTORNEY

 

MOFFAT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

K.C. HUME -- SHERIFF

 

HEATHER DUGAN

CPW ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

 

CONTACT

Donna Zulian

Communications Director

970 824-7041

970 629-0485

dzulian@14da.org

JOINT PRESS RLEASE , June 13, 2016

GEORGIE HAND SENTENCED TO 82 YEARS PRISON FOR KIDNAPPING OFFICERS”

On Monday, June 13, 2016, District Judge Shelley A. Hill sentenced Georgie Louise Hand to a total of 82 years in prison for her role in taking Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Nathan Martinez and Moffat County Sheriff’s Deputy Bhrent Shock hostage at gunpoint on March 9, 2015 near Dinosaur, Colorado. During the incident, her husband, James Damon, was killed in a struggle with the officers. A Moffat County jury convicted Ms. Hand for nine criminal offenses on April 7, 2016. The Court’s sentences for each count were as follows, all running consecutively:

Regarding Officer Nathan Martinez

Second Degree Kidnapping – 25 years

Aggravated Robbery – 12 years

Felony Menacing -- 2 years

Disarming a Peace Officer – 2 years

 

Regarding Deputy Bhrent Shock –

Second Degree Kidnapping – 25 years

Aggravated Robbery – 12 years

Felony Menacing -- 2 years

Disarming a Peace Officer – 2 years

 

Ms. Hand was also sentenced to six months in jail for Third Degree Criminal Trespass to run concurrently with the other sentences.

Moffat County Sheriff K. C. Hume stated, “Deputy Shock, Officer Martinez and our public safety community have waited 461 days for justice to be served. Today Ms. Hand was sentenced to 82 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, justice has been delivered. My thoughts continue to be with Deputy Shock, Officer Martinez and all affected by the evil perpetrated by Ms. Hand. 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.”

Heather Dugan, CPW Assistant Director stated, “Colorado Parks and Wildlife is grateful for the dedication and professionalism of the 14th Judicial District in this matter. We also express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the public and the greater law enforcement community that offered their support after the incident, throughout the trial and the sentencing.

Georgie Hand committed an egregious crime, received a fair trial and was sentenced appropriately, considering the nature of the crimes committed and the significant impact this had on the lives of former Moffat County Sheriff's Deputy Bhrent Shock and CPW District Wildlife Manager Nate Martinez, and their families. 

We hope that the length of the sentence serves as deterrence, sending a strong message that our 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.”

District Attorney Brett Barkey stated, “The Court’s sentence of 82 years in prison sent a strong message of deterrence to those who would consider attacking our first responders. 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.”