(Golden, CO – September 21, 2018) Casey Daniel Cleveland, DOB: 6-7-85, appeared in Jefferson County District Court today where he was sentenced to 26 years in prison, plus five years parole, for his role in kidnapping and robbing two people in September, 2017.
On September 16, 2017 Cleveland and codefendant Jeremy Scott Hackbarth, DOB: 4-17-84, were drinking at a sports bar at S. Wadsworth and W. Chatfield in unincorporated Jefferson County. They met a young man and a young woman and the four socialized throughout the evening. All four left at the bar at the same time. Cleveland and Hackbarth asked the man and woman if they would give them a ride. They agreed. Cleveland and Hackbarth climbed into the back seat. As they drove southbound on Wadsworth, Cleveland pulled a knife and put it to the male’s (driver) neck. Hackbarth reached forward and put his arm around the female’s neck and threatened to kill her. He choked her repeatedly. Cleveland and Hackbarth ordered the male to keep driving. The female, in fear for her life, opened the door and jumped from the moving car. The car was traveling 50 mph. Cleveland and Hackbarth ordered the male to turn into a neighborhood and pull over. They threatened to shoot him and told him to get out of the car. Hackbarth and Cleveland then left the area in the female victim’s car.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department arrived and contacted both victims. The female was injured but survived her escape from the moving car. Cleveland and Hackbarth were arrested hours later.
Cleveland pled guilty to two counts of Aggravated Robbery (F3) on August 29.
Following six days of trial in August, a Jefferson County jury found Jeremy Hackbarth guilty of ten felony counts, including Kidnapping (F2), Aggravated Robbery (F3); Second Degree Assault (F4); and Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (F3). He will be sentenced on December 6, 2018.