A fugitive who committed a brazen multi-state crime spree, with multiple victims in the Denver area in 2017, was sentenced to 96 years in prison on Oct. 4.
Eric Weston, 37, pleaded guilty to two counts each of aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery and felony menacing, according to a news release from the 18th Judicial District, which includes Arapahoe County. In exchange for the guilty pleas, prosecutors dropped 23 other charges.
Weston's series of crimes in Colorado began on June 23, 2017, while he was on parole for a drug charge in Georgia and wanted in a robbery in Florida.
Weston posted an online ad purporting to offer a car for sale, and when two sisters responded, he got in their car in Littleton to go see the vehicle, according to the news release. The sisters became uncomfortable and told Weston they were no longer interested.
Weston pulled a gun on the women, who ran from the car, as did Weston, who then held another man at gunpoint before fleeing on foot, the release states.
Weston then carjacked a woman at gunpoint, and drove off in her car, according to the release. The stolen car was spotted by Englewood police, and Weston evaded pursuing officers in a high-speed chase before abandoning the car.
Weston then broke into a home and held the homeowner at gunpoint, the release says, before taking his cell phone and forcing the man to drive him to Albuquerque — a nearly 450-mile drive.
Police later learned that Weston boarded a bus and traveled to San Bernardino, California, where he was apprehended by authorities.
“Seven different law enforcement agencies across Georgia, Florida, Colorado, and California are to be commended for their collaboration to investigate, track and apprehend Weston,” said Deputy District Attorney Michael Mauro, who prosecuted the case with Senior District Attorney Garrik Storgaard.
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