News & Updates

As part of our commitment to transparency, the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office issues press releases and updates for our community.

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Caretaker of Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled Adults Sentenced

GOLDEN, Colo. (May. 15, 2024) – Eugene “Gene” Gillespie was sentenced Tuesday by the First Judicial District Court to 8 years to life in prison ...
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Nicholas Karol-Chik pleads guilty in rock-throwing attacks

GOLDEN, Colo. (May 15, 2024) – Nicholas James Karol-Chik pled guilty this morning to a series of rock-throwing attacks between Feb. 25, 2023 and Apr. ...
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Zachary Kwak pleads guilty in rock-throwing attacks

GOLDEN, Colo. (May 10, 2024) – Zachary Hiestand Kwak pled guilty this morning for the rock-throwing attacks on the night of April 19, 2023. As ...
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Dealer Sentenced in Fentanyl Death

GOLDEN, Colo. (May 9, 2024) – Brock Troy Nieuwendorp was sentenced yesterday to 26 years in the Department of Corrections for distributing fentanyl that killed ...
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Eduardo Romero Sentenced in K9 Graffit’s Death

GOLDEN, Colo. (Apr. 12, 2024) – Eduardo Armando Romero was given the maximum sentence today of 12 years in prison for killing Jefferson County Sheriff’s ...
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Former Officer Nathan Geerdes Sentenced

GOLDEN, Colo. (Apr. 2, 2024)—After pleading guilty earlier this year, Former officer Nathan Geerdes was sentenced to four years probation for the crimes he committed ...
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Man Sentenced for Girlfriend’s Murder

GOLDEN, Colo. (Mar. 4, 2024) – Cole Lewis was sentenced to 57 years in prison on Friday for the murder of his nineteen-year-old girlfriend, Laila ...
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Man Sentenced for Kidnapping Hikers at Gunpoint in Fehringer Ranch Park

GOLDEN, Colo. (Feb. 28, 2024) – Kerry Endsley was sentenced to 35 years in prison today for kidnapping two hikers at gunpoint and holding them ...
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Caretaker of Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled Adults Sentenced

GOLDEN, Colo. (May. 15, 2024) – Eugene “Gene” Gillespie was sentenced Tuesday by the First Judicial District Court to 8 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting two Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled (IDD) adults. Gillespie had been employed as a volunteer caregiver to individuals with disabilities since 1992 and has interacted with this vulnerable community across the metro area in at least three different volunteer programs.

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Dealer Sentenced in Fentanyl Death

GOLDEN, Colo. (May 9, 2024) – Brock Troy Nieuwendorp was sentenced yesterday to 26 years in the Department of Corrections for distributing fentanyl that killed twenty-five-year-old Catherine “Kate” Hackim on April 29, 2023. Nieuwendorp pleaded guilty earlier this year to Distribution Resulting in Death, and as a result of his plea, he faced 8-32 years in prison.

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Eduardo Romero Sentenced in K9 Graffit’s Death

GOLDEN, Colo. (Apr. 12, 2024) – Eduardo Armando Romero was given the maximum sentence today of 12 years in prison for killing Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) K-9 Graffit and other related crimes from the February 2023 incident. Romero pleaded guilty earlier this year and, as a result, faced 8-12 years in prison.

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Former Officer Nathan Geerdes Sentenced

GOLDEN, Colo. (Apr. 2, 2024)—After pleading guilty earlier this year, Former officer Nathan Geerdes was sentenced to four years probation for the crimes he committed between 2019 and 2021. As a result of his convictions, Geerdes lost his POST certification and can never work in law enforcement again.

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Man Sentenced for Girlfriend’s Murder

GOLDEN, Colo. (Mar. 4, 2024) – Cole Lewis was sentenced to 57 years in prison on Friday for the murder of his nineteen-year-old girlfriend, Laila Combes, in March of last year. On Jan. 16, 2024, Lewis pleaded guilty to Murder in the Second Degree and Assault in the Second Degree, Crime of Violence. As a result of the plea, the parties stipulated to a sentencing range of 55-64 years in prison.

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Man Sentenced for Kidnapping Hikers at Gunpoint in Fehringer Ranch Park

GOLDEN, Colo. (Feb. 28, 2024) – Kerry Endsley was sentenced to 35 years in prison today for kidnapping two hikers at gunpoint and holding them hostage in the summer of 2022. Earlier this year, Endsley pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted First Degree Murder, one count of Criminal Attempt to Commit Disarming a Police Officer, and one Crime of Violence Sentencing Enhancer. He was also resentenced today regarding a prior domestic violence Harassment charge. As a result of his plea, the parties stipulated to 35 years in the Department of Corrections.

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