Habitual criminal sentenced to 30 years in Colorado Department of Corrections
November 7, 2016
Yurick Kyson Hughes, convicted on 11 counts in a felony burglary trial and later deemed a habitual criminal, received a 30-year prison sentence Friday.
The week following Hughes' jury trial in September, Judge Charles Greenacre found him to also be a habitual criminal. By statute, the maximum presumptive sentences for each charge are quadrupled for a person deemed a habitual criminal.
Deputy District Attorney Matthew Barrett said Hughes has led a "long and felonious" life of crime.
The trial was his third felony conviction in Garfield County and seventh felony conviction in his lifetime, all of which involve similar charges of burglary, theft and crimes involving vehicles.
Felony charges in his trial included burglary of a building, theft and five counts of trespass of an automobile. Misdemeanors in this case included three counts of theft, and one of criminal mischief. The only charge he was not found guilty of was petty offense theft.
"This case was kind of a snapshot of his entire criminal history, which is lengthy and aggravated," said Barrett.
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Prior to his Garfield County cases Hughes was convicted on similar felony charges in Huerfano County, Arapahoe County and twice in El Paso County.
Additionally he had other misdemeanor cases and felony arrests.
His criminal activity did not cease between these convictions, and the recent trial wasn't the only felony case pending against him in the last six months, Barrett said at the September hearing.
The charges in his most recent case stem from events he perpetrated only hours after getting out of jail from another case, said Barrett. "That is beyond aggravating," that someone would do this after just having spent the better part of two or three years behind bars, he said.
Hughes was without remorse, repentance or care, said the deputy district attorney.
"That's what he's been doing since 1991."
"He has shown no willingness to stop, and therefore the community is only safe with him incarcerated for the vast majority of the remainder of his natural life," said Barrett.
Barrett asked Greenacre for a sentence of 36 years in prison, which would be a near-life sentence for the 43-year-old Hughes. The defense asked for a sentence of only 24 years in prison, pointing to mental health concerns and that his crimes were not violent, but crimes of opportunity.
The judge eventually split the difference and sentenced Hughes to 30 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
"The community can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that he's going away, because he's been a nonstop criminal when he's not behind bars," Barrett said after the sentencing.
Hughes continued to deny the charges in this case. During a previous hearing he said he was working for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and other law enforcement agencies.
"The truth will come out, and I will be the last one smiling," he said Friday.
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