The second of the suspects in a Boulder kidnapping case has also taken a plea deal and could avoid prison time.
Christopher Newson, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of aggravated robbery.
Prosecutors dismissed the remaining charges, including first-degree kidnapping.
Boulder District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shannon Carbone said as part of the plea agreement, Newson will have to complete five years in the Youthful Offender System, a program run by the Colorado Department of Corrections that houses juveniles and young adults and is focused on helping defendants re-enter society.
The plea deal also includes a suspended prison sentence that Newson will only serve if he fails to complete the youth offender program.
The deal is identical to the one taken by Newson’s co-defendant in the case, Kajuanee Ector.
“With this felony conviction and sentence, our office believes the right outcome was reached in this serious case,” Carbone said in a statement. “We will have an additional statement after the sentences are imposed by the court.”
Ector is set for sentencing on Jan. 21; Newson is set for sentencing on Feb. 25.
According to an arrest affidavit, the named victim in the case designs custom clothing and sells it on an app called Depop. The victim told police that a user, later identified as Newson, reached out on Dec. 9, 2020, asking to buy some merchandise.
The victim met up with Newson at a parking lot in Superior, but because the victim did not have an app Newson was using, they could not complete the transaction.
On Dec. 13, 2020, Newson reached out again and asked to meet, this time in a Folsom Street parking lot in Boulder. The victim told police he went to the parking lot and got into Newson’s car to complete the transaction, which was for $950.
The victim told police that he was counting the cash Newson paid him when Newson and another man in the front seat, later identified as Ector, pointed guns at him and demanded his debit card and information. The victim said Newson had a handgun, while Ector had an “Uzi” or some other submachine gun.
Newson and Ector drove the victim to an ATM in Boulder, but were unable to get more than $500 because of a daily withdrawal limit on the account. Newson and Ector then drove the victim to Denver while trying to get him to unlock the account over the phone with his bank.
No further withdrawals were possible, so the men eventually took the money the victim had in his wallet and dropped him off in Denver. The victim called his parents, who reported the incident to police.
According to the affidavit, detectives were able to get photos of both suspects from surveillance footage. Using information on various apps and the car they were driving, police were then able to identify Newson and then Ector.