Escapee who went on crime spree found guilty

Posted at 5:56 AM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 08:04:29-05

A man who escaped from jail and went on an 11-day crime spree has been found guilty on 33 felony counts.

Travis Edward Sandlin, 34, escaped the Jefferson County Detention Center on October 6, 2014.

Over the next 11 days, prosecutors said Sandlin broke into eight homes, seven cars and numerous garages. He took a laptop, CDs, credit and debit cards.

The crimes happened in Golden, Evergreen, Highlands Ranch, Castle Pines, Thornton and Broomfield.

Authorities found Sandlin sleeping in a stolen van at the base of Sunshine Canyon in Boulder.

He drove off and was chased up canyon by police. Sandlin avoided an armored police car during the chase, but when he tried to avoid a cement truck, he rolled the van down a hill.

"He was hanging upside down, by his seatbelt, when he was contacted and arrested by law enforcement," prosecutors said.

A jury convicted Sandlin of Escape and numerous counts of Burglary of a Dwelling, Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Vehicular Eluding, Identity Theft, and Trespass of a Vehicle. 

Sandlin will be sentenced in March. For now, he remains in the same Jefferson County Detention Center he escaped from.


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