On Friday, July 28, Shawn Willshire was sentenced to three years in prison after stalking and "terrorizing" a young mother over a 14-month period.
District Court Judge Steven Schultz imposed that sentence, plus an additional three years of parole, after rejecting a previous deal in which Willshire pleaded guilty to trespassing. The victim objected to a stipulation that Willshire would spend just two years in prison. The judge also found the deal inappropriate when he heard from the victim how Willshire's behavior had escalated to the point where he entered the victim's home without permission. The victim said she was so uncomfortable with Willshire's behavior, she was forced to leave her job and she was afraid to be alone in her home.
Although Willshire has been in jail since his arrest in December 2015, the victim said she has never been able to feel at ease. She said the thought of him getting close to her and her family again makes her want to throw up.
While he was in jail, Willshire wrote letters to his victim, despite a protection order. At that point, charges were elevated from trespassing to stalking.
Willshire "clearly crossed the line with his unwanted and repeated contact," the judge said. He expressed serious concern that Willshire has not accepted responsibility for his actions, nor has he acknowledged the impact on the victim.
Willshire will be credited 590 days of pre-sentence confinement.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.