Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on February 24, 1976 · Page 13
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Senate unit posses severe mandatory sentencing bill Tues., Feb. 24.1976 GREKLEV (Colo.) TRIBUNE 13 By JOHN J. SANKO DENVER (UPI) - The Senate Judiciary Committee gave favorable recommendation Monday to a bill imposing a mandatory two-year prison sentence -- with no hope of parole or probation -- for persons using a gun or knife in carrying out a felony crime in Colorado. The action came despite arguments of one lawmaker who described the bill as a "barbaric" and "simplistic" approach to a complex problem, lie also criticized the $3,750,000 additional cost to the state by imposing such sentences. The Office of State Planning and Budgeting estimated the cost at $3,750,000 by the 1978-79 fiscal year. Sen. Ted Strickland, R-Westminster, sponsor of the bill, said "that figure was just pulled out of the air." It is much tougher than a House bill, which has the support of the Colorado District Attorneys Association, and which now is being studied in a subcommittee. The House bill would make a mandatory sentence part of the penalty under any crime committed with a knife or-gun, instead of imposing an additional sentence. It also calls for a review of a mandatory sentence after 120 days. "1 just hope this bill will act as a deterrent to those who use these types of devices," Strickland said. The vole to send the bill favorably to the Senate Appropriations Committee was 3-2. Voting for the bill were Senate Minority Leader Ray Kogovsek, D-Pueblo, and Sens. Fay ·DeBerard, R-Kremmling, and Harold McCormick, R-Canon City. Sen. Ralph Cole, R- Littleton, and Sen. Regis Groff, D-Denver, opposed it. Bob Trujillo, director of paroleand community services, opposed the bill, saying circumstances should be considered in each case. He also argued the law would become "another tool in the hands of prosecutors to force a plea bargaining.* "One of the biggest problems we have in the criminal justice system is the rather extensive use' of the negotiated plea," Trujillo said. Groff criticized the bill as doing nothing but making prison sentences a little longer. "It's a very simplistic, uncivilized approach to a problem that's far more dif- ficult," Groff said. "It's an animalistic approach and it doesn't work." Groff said it would be far better to spend the $3.7 million to learn the reasons that people commit such crimes and ways to stop them before they start. DeBerard said he felt some action was needed to stop criminals who return to the streets almost as quickly as they are arrested. "Judges in my area are getting awfully tired of convicting somebody and finding them out on the streets in a few days," DeBerard said. "Maybe we should require that the parole board serve the sentence out if a person they have released becomes a repeat offender. Maybe that would solve some of the problem." Shrunken plastic gas Baby-sitting service pipe blamed for fire of sfafe legislature By JAY PERKINS Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - The worst natural gas pipeline disaster in U.S. history apparently occurred because an underground plastic gas pipe shrank in cold weather and pulled loose from its fitting, government safety investigators said today. Eighteen persons died and 41 others were injured when the six-story Pathfinder Hotel in Fremont, Neb., exploded and burned Jan. 10. The explosion knocked the hotel off its foundation, blew a hole in the first floor and dropped a street-level barber shop, drug store and coffee tiiop into the basement. It also blew out glass in other buildings within a one block radius. The explosion occurred less than 24 hours after the Nebraska Natural Gas Co., responding to reports of a gas odor, had found -- and repaired -- anoth- er plastic pipe in the same area which also had pulled loose, the National Transportation Safety Board said. The 18 dead was the largest number of fatalities in a gas pipeline explosion in U.S. history, the safety board said. The tentative finding was revealed as the NTSB formally recommended that the gas company review its entire distribution system to determine if plastic pipe has pulled out of couplings in other areas. The board will issue a more comprehensive report later. The safety board said its investigation of the accident disclosed that a buried 2-inch gas line pulled out of its compression coupling at an intersection about IS feet from the northwest corner of the hotel basement. Since the earth's surface was frozen or paved over, the escaping gas seeped into the hotel basement, the hoard said. DENVER (AP) -- If housework is getting you down, why not spend the day at the state legislature. You can take in the floor debate while your children are tended at the new statehouse day care cenler, free of charge. The new facility will be run by the State Commission on the Status of Women. Housed in a room which formerly contained' a print shop, it will be staffed Rovira named district judge DENVER (UPI) - Luis D. Rovira, a private attorney and chairman of the Colorado. State Health Facilities Council, Monday was named a district court judge to succeed the late Judge Robert E. McLean. The announcement was made by Gov. Richard Lamm's office. by volunteers. Joyce Dirnberger, of Golden, a commission member, said the facility if designed to help mothers of small children become involved in the legislative process as observers, lobbyists or in other capacities. The center, which will be open Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays in the afternoon beginning March 2, will have room for 20 children. FINE CLAUSS SHEARS "t Bachman's Burglary suspect bleeds to death in escape try DENVER (AP) - A Denver police lieutenant interrupted a burglary in progress at his home, and a 15-year-old suspect bled to death after he jumped through a window trying to escape, police said. Investigators said David Espinosa of Denver had some of Li. Jimmie Shoemaker's persona) belongings in his hands when he died Monday after- They said Shoemaker returned from a shopping trip and found Espinosa inside his home. The youth bolted through a plate-glass window, ran about one block, then fell to the ground. Shoemaker said he tried lo revive the youth, but Espinosa died before an ambulance arrived. The Denver Coroner's Office said tire boy apparently died from a severed artery. FARM SEEDS FOR SALE Top Quality · Barley and Oats Seed · Spring Wheat · Alfalfa, Clover and Grasses (ANDERSON SEED co.l 714 10th St. 353-0188 Or 353-0190 New York detective returned to Denver DENVER (UPI) - A New York detective has been returned to Denver to face murder charges in the gangland-style execution of businessman Hal Levine last October. Detective Robert B. Davis was brought (o Colorado Monday night hours after waiving extradition in a brief court appearance in New York City. Attorneys for Davis earlier had said a writ of habeas corpus would be filed because of lack of evidence in the indictment against their client. Davis is one of three men who were indicted by a Denver Grand Jury for the Oct 7, slaying of Levine and the wounding of Levine's wife, Shirley. Other suspects in the- Levine murder are Michael Borrelli, a former New York detective and Annunzio Saccone of New Rochelle, N.Y. Davis was escorted back to Colorado by Assistant Attorney General Richard Nathan and Sgt. Robert Cantwell of the Stale Organized Crime Strike Force. Haskell urges funding for conservation plans WASHINGTON (UPI) -Sen. Floyd Haskell. D-Colo., says he and 13 other senators have urged the Agriculture Department lo fund at least 15 more Resource Conservation and Development planning starts this year. "I have repeatedly asked the Agriculture Department to fund more projects starts, especially in the plains region which is suffering such severe dust bowl conditions,"Haskell said. Haskell said had the East Central Colorado RCD project been funded five years ago when it met all requirements, 1 the area wouldn't now be as hard hit by drought conditions. He said there were about GO proposals frm 28 states now on file with the department for funding and many vital RCD projects had been killed be- cause of the department's decision to allow no new projects in the coming fiscal year. Tom Kagohara LEFTY BARTELS, Broker . We get questions... Dear Mr. Kagohara: My wife and 1 would like to put our married daughter on the deeds of several properties we own in case anything happens to us. How do we go about \\1 J.W. Dear J.W.: Placing your daughter's name on the deeds to all the property you own Is a relatively simple matter. However, the fact that you own several properties Implies that there may be an estate of some value, and whether you should actually name your daughter is an action which should be studied by your attorney. There are several ways to leave the property to heirs, but only one method Is correct for you -- and this can be determined only by one who Is trained to study your position as of today. Why don't you make an appointment with your attorney and discuss your plans and desires with him? If he agrees with you, he can draw new deeds properly for you at a small fee. That way you will be sure you are achieving your objective. Tom Kagohara Call or write your questions to: BARTELS NOE AGENCY, P.O. 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