Man Sent to Prison for Getting Checks He Wasn't Entitled to

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) A man is being ordered back to prison for collecting welfare checks he wasn't entitled to receive.

Fourth Judicial District Judge Robert Lowery handed down a six-year prison sentence Monday to 39-year-old Gardner Ewing, for violating terms of his probation.

Ewing was first sent to prison in 2005 after pleading guilty to felony assault on a peace officer, after shooting at two El Paso County sheriff's deputies. He was given probation later that year.

But prosecutors say that while Ewing was in prison, he signed documents for, and received, welfare checks.

A theft charge against Ewing was dropped.

Deputies originally went to Ewing's home in july 2003 on a report that he was fighting with his mother in the front yard.

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