Colorado

Nov 7, 2009 12:56 PM by Associated Press

Man gets sentence reduced from 264 years to 40

A Colorado Springs man serving a 264-year sentence for a violent burglary has seen his sentence
slashed to 40 years. Thirty-one year-old Jeremy Michael Petschow got the reduced sentence after getting a new trial because of mistakes made by his original attorney. He's already served nine years.

Petschow's second trial ended in a mistrial. Petschow later took a plea deal that allowed him to maintain he was not the triggerman, but an accomplice, in the 2000 robbery in which the homeowner was shot. District Judge Theresa Cisneros on Friday imposed a pair of consecutive 20-year terms.

Petschow was orginally convicted of attempted murder and 27 other crimes in a string of burglaries in the Colorado Springs area.

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