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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Message to the Community on the Murder of Officer Vakoff

The investigation into the murder of Arvada Police Officer Dillon Vakoff is ongoing. District Attorney Alexis King mourns this tremendous loss with Officer Vakoff’s loved ones, the Arvada Police Department, and the community.

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Former Police Officer Wayne Nelson Convicted 

Former law enforcement officer, Wayne Darrell Nelson has been convicted of three counts of misdemeanor unlawful sexual contact for the sexual assaults of two adult women between April 2018 and December 2020.

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DA Alexis King Clears “Heroic” Officers Responding to Belmar Shooting Spree  

First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King announced today that Lakewood Police Department Agents Brianna Hagan and Ashley Ferris would not face charges for their use of force against Lyndon James McLeod.

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Joseph Van Eck sentenced to 162 years to life in prison for multiple sexual assaults  

Joseph Gabriel Van Eck was sentenced by the First Judicial District Court for the sexual assaults committed between April and September 2020 on four women from a vulnerable community.

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Peter Dettmer sentenced in sexual assault cases  

Peter Robert Dettmer was sentenced today by the First Judicial District Court to 28 years to life in the Department of Corrections for the sexual assaults committed between April 2014 and June 2016.

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Tyler Condit sentenced in Arvada homicide  

Tyler Condit was sentenced yesterday by the First Judicial District Court to 38 years in the Department of Corrections for the murder of 22-year-old Joseph Elsey of Arvada.

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Driver sentenced in Lakewood Cyclist Death    

Ryan Scott Montoya was sentenced today by the First Judicial District Court to 8 years in the Department of Corrections for the crash that killed 46-year-old cyclist Gwen Ellen Inglis.

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Daniel Short sentenced in vehicular homicide  

Daniel Short was sentenced today by the First Judicial District Court to 5 years in the Department of Corrections for the crash that caused the death of 59-year-old Julia “Julie” Pacheco.

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