News & Press Releases 2008

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that two appliance thieves have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a string of Metro-area burglaries. Julio Cesar Reyes-Ramos will spend the next 12 years in state prison after today’s sentencing, while Valentin Aguilar Miramontes was given a four year prison term on September 18. Each of the men pled guilty to a variety of felony counts in early August after a months-long investigation dubbed Operation Freezer Burn.

COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that Hamilton Alan Bird (DOB 8/14/63) has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for his role as ringleader of a Colorado Springs hedge fund scheme that defrauded hundreds of victims out of approximately $7.5 million. Bird was indicted by a statewide grand jury in May of 2006 on three counts of securities fraud and five counts of theft. Bird pled guilty to a count of each on March 14 of this year.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and 17th Judicial District Attorney Don Quick today announced two felony convictions in a string of Metro-area appliance burglaries. Julio Cesar Reyes-Ramos and Valentin Aguilar Miramontes had previously been indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury after a months-long investigation dubbed Operation Freezer Burn.

DENVER - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Governor Bill Ritter today announced the settlement of the State's claim for natural resource damages at the California Gulch Superfund site. The settlement includes $20.5 million in Natural Resource Damages, the second largest sum in Colorado history. The agreement follows closely on the heels of the $35 million settlement for damages at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, and resolves the last of seven natural resource damage lawsuits brought by the State in 1983.

DENVER - Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today released the following statement regarding an Arapahoe County jury's recommendation that Sir Mario Owens be sentenced to death for his role in the 2005 killings of Javad Marshall-Fields and Vivian Wolfe:

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers applauded a decision released today by Judge Christina M. Habas in Mesa County Board of County Commissioners, et al. v. Colo. Dept. of Education and the State of Colorado and Governor Bill Ritter, Jr.  Judge Habas declared SB 07-199 an unconstitutional change in tax policy without proper voter approval. 

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers and Governor Bill Ritter today announced the settlement of Colorado’s quarter-century-old claim for natural resource damages at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Superfund site. The State has reached agreements in principle with both Shell Oil Company and the United States Army that will result in over $35 million in acquisition, enhancement, and restoration of natural resources in and around the northeast metro area Arsenal site.

WHEN:
Thursday, May 29, Noon

WHERE:
State Capitol
West Foyer
200 E Colfax Ave.
Denver, 80203

NOTES:
Colorado Attorney General John Suthers will make a major announcement regarding the State’s quarter-century old lawsuit for environmental damages at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Suthers will be joined by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, U.S. Senator Ken Salazar, Shell Oil Company President John Hofmeister, and a host of other public officials.

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today released the following statement following Governor Bill Ritter’s veto of HB-1208:

“The Youth Offender System that Colorado’s District Attorneys worked to create following 1993‘s ‘Summer of Violence’ has been an extremely important part of our criminal justice system for 15 years. Since the implementation of YOS, violent juvenile crime has been in decline, a clear reflection of the system’s effectiveness.

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