Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP) A judge has granted a new trial to a Colorado Springs man sentenced to 264 years in prison for attempted murder and 27 other crimes because of mistakes made by his attorney.
Thirty-year-old Jeremy Petschow has been in prison since 2001 after a jury convicted him of burglarizing 14 Colorado Springs homes, stealing four cars and trying to kill two homeowners who caught him in their basement.
He had previous convictions for burglary, receiving stolen property and weapons possession by a felon which tripled his sentence.
El Paso County District Judge Theresa Cisneros ruled Wednesday that Petschow will get a new trial because his attorney, Patrick N. Smith, failed to object to prejudicial evidence and “completely failed to prepare for trial.”
Cisneros set Petschow’s bond at $100,000.
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