Window-jumping Rifle man gets eight years in prison for theft |

Window-jumping Rifle man gets eight years in prison for theft

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A Rifle man, who evaded police for five weeks after jumping out of a two-story apartment window last September, will spend the next eight years in prison.

Gearod Pinkerton, 34, was sentenced to eight years in the Colorado Department of Corrections in one 2010 case where he pleaded guilty to stealing two Toshiba laptop computers from the Glenwood Springs Wal-Mart.

In all, Pinkerton was sentenced in five cases, two of which he received stricter penalties because he violated the terms of the original sentences in those cases, according to court documents. All sentences were to run concurrently with the felony theft case.

Pinkerton also pleaded guilty to stealing three more laptop computers from the Wal-Mart in Rifle, and he also plead guilty to a bond violation. He apparently committed the thefts while out on bond after being arrested in Sept. 2009, on several warrants including failure to appear.

He faced harsher penalties for the crimes because Pinkerton was out on bond for older cases when he committed the most recent crimes. He will also have to pay more than $3,000 in restitution, as part of his sentence.

Pinkerton told officers that he traded the laptop computers to “dope dealers for dope,” according to the arrest affidavit.

He also pleaded guilty to counts of criminal mischief, obstructing a police officer and trespassing. He was resentenced in a possession of a controlled substance case from 2005. He originally was sentenced to three years of supervised probation, which was revoked. He received a six-year prison sentence in that case. The sentence was to run concurrently with the other cases, as well.

Authorities first attempted to apprehend Pinkerton on Sept. 2, 2009, in the Palomino Park subdivision in Rifle, after discovering that he had multiple warrants for failure to appear for court. Pinkerton was also accused of breaking into two homes in the subdivision as well.

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