Jaacob Vanwinkle to enter guilty plea in murder of mom and two kids, rape of surviving teen

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Jaacob Vanwinkle. Additional photos and two videos below.
Back in March, we told you about the arrest of sex offender Jaacob Vanwinkle following the murder of a woman and her two kids in Canon City. The person who led to Vanwinkle's arrest was a sixteen-year-old who he'd allegedly raped.

Now, court documents reveal Vanwinkle's plan to enter a guilty plea on all 36 counts against him in exchange for a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Continue for details about that development and the crime itself as outlined in a now-unsealed arrest affidavit.

Vanwinkle is included on the Colorado Sex Offender website -- and he's been in trouble with the law elsewhere as well. He's said to have been convicted of "child molesting and vicarious sexual gratification" in Indiana circa 2004, with more time added for the same offense in 2007.

Cut to September 2011. As we reported, Vanwinkle was brought in for questioning in Johnson County, Indiana, after his roommate, fifty-year-old Michael Eaton, was reported missing. Police subsequently found Eaton's body under debris in the bedroom of a residence the pair shared. Vanwinkle was captured in a wooded area, having rabbited in part because he was in violation of his parole agreement at the time.

Here's a mug shot of Vanwinkle that accompanied news reports of his 2011 arrest. His neck tattoo reads: "I am what I am."

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A previous booking photo of Jaacob Vanwinkle.
In the end, Vanwinkle wasn't charged with Eaton's murder -- and earlier this year, he found himself in Canon City.

The horror that followed is recounted by the Canon City Daily Record based on the aforementioned affidavit.

At 8:10 p.m. on March 9, according to the document, the Canon City Police Department received a phone call from the sixteen-year-old. She told the operator she'd been raped and members of her family were "tied up in the garage" at their home, on the 1100 block of Phay Avenue.

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Near the scene of the crime, from KRDO-TV coverage.
CCPD cops, supplemented by law enforcers from the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, rushed to the scene and set up a perimeter. But when they got into the garage, no one was there.

At that point, five officers entered the house and found Vanwinkle in a bedroom on the home's second floor. The teen later told police that after Vanwinkle had sexually assaulted her a second time, he took some of her mom's pills and lost consciousness, allowing her to go to a neighbor's house and call for help.

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An edited family photo of Mandy Folsom with daughter Marissa Lynn, nine, and son Mason, five.
Meanwhile, responders discovered three bodies in a bedroom downstairs: Mandy Folsom, 35, and two of her kids: Marissa, age nine, and Mason, five.

The Daily Record notes a subsequent coroner's report revealing the causes of death for all three as "multiple incised wounds" presumably created by a knife.

Continue for more about the anticipated Jaacob Vanwinkle guilty plea, including additional photos and two videos.


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zandraiii
zandraiii

I blame the fat slut of a mother who brought a SEX OFFENDER into the home so she could SLEEP WITH HIM!! Ewwwwwwwwwwwww! Now her surviving daughter has to live with the horror of what her desperate mother did to the entire family for the rest of her life. The true victims of this family were the children who had such a pathetic mother figure. She was no mother.

Bridget Ann Lovato
Bridget Ann Lovato

Kill him!!!!! These kind of people should get no option of a plea bargain!

James Dean Estelle
James Dean Estelle

I second that! It's sad that we not only let people like this live incarcerated on the taxpayer's dollar, but eventually release them knowing that they will most likely do the same thing or worse again.

Adam Paul Thom
Adam Paul Thom

life in prison is a psych crime. Give him the choice of a "blue juice" to save $$ and mental anguish of life without parole.

Maria Nieto
Maria Nieto

Thank goodness that poor girl won't have to go through a trial.

Diana Leigh Robertson
Diana Leigh Robertson

Reporting crime in the news is not sensationalizing it, it's simply reporting news. If you don't like what Westword posts, don't follow their page or read their stories...duh! It's quite simple really.

Lauren Turgeon
Lauren Turgeon

No David, I was commenting on saying what Westword writes not him

Heather Doozer
Heather Doozer

it's horrific, so lets sensationalize it and put it on a page for our weekly, which is supposed to be about local culture. Stop with the click bait bull shit Denver Westword.

Benjamin Bradburn
Benjamin Bradburn

So you glorify him Westword? Your brand is going down the shorter rapidly when it used to be solid.

Britni Sumpter
Britni Sumpter

What the fuck was he doing out of jail in the first place?!

David Starry
David Starry

Why, would you rather we spend tens of thousands a year on keeping him alive? Who's ignorant now?

Kristen Sadler Bentz
Kristen Sadler Bentz

Why with the extreme downer news Westword? Be above this sensational and horrifying grab at "newsworthy" material. We like you for your cultural and progressive and controversial reporting. This is none of the above. It's base scum and serves no point other than to remind us that yes, humanity is fucked... Stick to making us intelligently and entertainingly informed.

David Starry
David Starry

Perfect case for bringing back firing squads. Sleepy-time death by the needle is too good for this piece of trash. Slowly bleeding out full of holes is a-ok with me.

Hilary Hellums
Hilary Hellums

You can tell he's dead inside; look at his eyes.

nyraeli
nyraeli

@zandraiii I know you are just trolling and being an idiot but that was not only ignorant and the worst thing anyone could say, but you know nothing of this case at all and so I would shut your trolling pie hole if I were you.

WhiskeyPhillips
WhiskeyPhillips

.... You. It actually costs more to put someone to death than life in prison.  Do some research on that shit.

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