MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS PRISON FOR ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER”
Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado – Today, Connor MacLaird, was sentenced to 10 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections by Grand District Court Judge Mary C. Hoak. On May 31, 2016, pursuant to a plea agreement, Mr. MacLaird pleaded guilty to Attempted First Degree Assault for attacking Sheriff Brett Schroetlin with a knife on September 15, 2015. Mr. MacLaird was shot in the encounter. The Grand Jury for the 14th Judicial District reviewed the matter and indicted Mr. MacLaird.
Sheriff Schroetlin stated, “Today was a day of closure for everyone involved in this incident. I am very appreciative of the dedication and hard work of the members of our local Law Enforcement, The 14th Judicial District, the 14th Judicial District Critical Incident Team, and the outpouring of support from members of our community.”
District Attorney Brett Barkey stated, “Mr. MacLaird’s dangerous conduct threatened the lives of members of our law enforcement community and nearly cost him his own life. Mr. MacLaird was ultimately saved by the quick, professional action of the very officers he had just attacked. This sentence appropriately holds Mr. MacLaird accountable for his actions and brings this difficult matter to a close.”