Andrew Terry gets 202 year habitual-criminal jolt after drunkenly running over officer's foot

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In cover stories like "Welcome to Arapahell," Alan Prendergast has written about Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers' frequent use of the "big bitch," aka habitual criminal charges that can double or triple an offender's sentence. Chambers is now gone, replaced by Dave Young, but she landed a big-bitch trophy in absentia when Andrew Terry received a 202 year sentence for, among other things, running over a police officer's foot.

In a November 2011 post about Chambers' use of the big bitch, Prendergast noted that her office had filed 623 habitual cases during 2010 and the first half of 2011 -- an enormous number given that most DAs reserve the tactic for the most dangerous criminals. Not Chambers, though: Prendergast pointed out that more than three-quarters of the time, the technique was employed for nonviolent offenders.

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The Thornton Walmart where Andrew Terry's last police chase got underway.
Terry's crimes took place during this time period -- he was arrested in December 2010 -- and his actions unquestionably put the lives of officers and others at risk. But did they deserve two centuries-plus behind bars? Here's the account from the DA's office to help you decide.

On December 17 of that year, a release notes that Westminster police officers tried to contact Terry on suspicion of breaking into vehicles in a parking lot near 88th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. A high-speed chase followed, with Terry managing to elude capture by crashing his vehicle head-on into a cop car.

Eleven days later, on December 28, officers from the Thornton PD got another shot at Terry. According to the original info we shared in a post around the time of the bust, a report came in at around 7:15 p.m. about an intoxicated driver who'd almost caused an accident in the parking lot of a Walmart, at 7101 East 128th Avenue. The cop who responded to the call quickly spotted the vehicle in question -- a truck -- as Terry was entering it on the driver's side. When the officer told him to get out, Terry slammed the door and sped off instead, running over the policeman's foot in the process.

Continue for more about Andrew Terry's arrest and sentencing below, including a graphic about habitual criminal charges.


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coloblizzard
coloblizzard

I'ev got to agree with JimTom on this one.  Is this the appropriate use for the habitual criminal sentencing?  High speed chases, head-on into a police car, and injuring an officer.  And since it's the third felony conviction, there's more reason to look at him as a candidate for the "big bitch."

And your bias is showing.  Do some research.  It was an Adams County case, in Westminster and Thornton, so Carol Chambers had exactly ZERO input into this case.  It was Don Quick in office at the time, and he made the right call to pursue the habitual sentence.  So before trying to make this Carol Chambers "fault", make sure you have your facts straight.  She can't be blamed for this guy being sentenced to 212 years (nor apparently can the defendant based on some of the comments)....

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

Exactly where his stupid ass should be. If you are stupid enough to get convicted of 3 felonies we don't need your dumb ass in society.

JimTom
JimTom

First off Westword he didn't get 212 years for running over the cops foot. He got 212 for a life long history of felony offenses. He has proven twice through high speed chases that he has no respect for the law or other peoples safety. Who out there really wants this piece of shit on the steeets? Donkey maybe you will take him in and foster him? He is exactly where he belongs.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I bet life will be WAY different once he's been released in a cpl of hundred years ..

What will be the cost of fuel and I don't know, how many more generations of Mannings will have won championships ? Will Pete Rose be in baseballs' HOF ?

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Sounds legit to me. Repeated proven disregard for anyone around him and trying to injure/kill police officers. Sounds like rehab is what he needs a chance at...not.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

D.A.'s in ALL counties across the nation use the 'Big Bitch' ( Habitual Criminal) as a way to bully and threaten the accused into plea agreements . The pleas save the county's millions .

Chambers is INSANE w/ power and thousands have received sentences far surpassing the sentencing norms from ALL remaining Colorado counties .  


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@coloblizzard ... never dawned on a pea-brain like you that the Draconian Sentences a perp may be facing influence the level of desperation and/or violence they employ in an attempt to avoid those extreme sentences, eh numbnuts?

Make speeding or DUI punishable by 100 years in prison -- or even 20 --  and see how many suspects surrender peacefully when the red lights pop in the rear view mirror.

Fucking retard Americunts think sending more people to prison for longer sentences is the answer to anything.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Chris Estus  ... Chris Bartkowicz was stupid enough to get convicted of 3 separate felonies.

How many CENTURIES in prison should he have received?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Josh Bradley ... sounds like a candidate for the U$ Military Murder Machine.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg ... she makes the Ayatollahs seem downright liberal by comparison.

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