Armed standoff suspect gets plea agreement
Brian Thomas Wilson of Denver, the suspect in an armed standoff near Winter Park on Thanksgiving night last year, has agreed to an unspecified plea agreement, according to court documents.
He is scheduled to officially enter the plea and be arraigned in District Court in Hot Sulphur Springs on Friday, June 26.
Police say they pulled over Wilson on U.S. Highway 40 between Winter Park and Winter Park Resort on Thanksgiving night after receiving a report that he was potentially suicidal and “probably armed.” A three-hour standoff ensued, according to the arrest affidavit.
During the standoff, the affidavit says, Wilson poured drinks from a 1.75-liter bottle of tequila and handled his .45-caliber, semi-automatic pistol.
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At one point, Wilson “pointed it directly at several officers” with the hammer cocked and the safety off while holding the gun by the barrel, the affidavit says.
Officers eventually shot Wilson with a non-lethal “beanbag” round from a 12-gauge shotgun. The charge knocked the suspect to the ground, where five officers tried to subdue Wilson, according to the affidavit. During the struggle, Wilson “indiscriminately” discharged four rounds from the pistol, police say.
Wilson was facing three counts of 1st degree assault, three counts of menacing, two counts of obstructing a police officer, three counts of prohibited use of a weapon, and one count each of obstructing a highway, driving under the influence, and DUI per se.
The presumptive sentencing range for each assault charge is four to 12 years in prison and a fine of $3,000 to $750,000. Each menacing charge carries a presumptive sentencing range of one to three years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $100,000.
Wilson posted a $200,000 bond to get out of the Grand County Jail in March.
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