Standoff suspect still in Grand County jail
February 18, 2009
Brian Thomas Wilson, the 43-year-old suspect in an armed standoff near Winter Park on Thanksgiving night last year, was still being held in the Grand County Jail as of Wednesday and had not posted the $200,000 bond set in his case.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to try to work out an agreement in the case after Wilson waived his right to a preliminary hearing, according to court documents.
A disposition hearing has been scheduled for 2:30 p.m. March 17.
Police say they pulled over Wilson on U.S. Highway 40 between Winter Park and Winter Park Resort 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 duration of the standoff, the affidavit says, Wilson poured drinks from a 1.75-liter bottle of tequila and handled his .45-caliber, semi-automatic pistol.
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.
According to court documents, Wilson faces 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.