Man gets 3 years in jail for threat |

Man gets 3 years in jail for threat

Grand Junction resident confronted officer with fence post

— A Grand Junction man who will spend three years in jail for threatening a Steamboat Springs police officer is lucky to be alive, a judge said Friday.

Rocky Shane Roberts, 22, pleaded guilty in December to felony menacing for threatening a Steamboat Springs police officer with a fence post on Aug. 9.

During the confrontation, Roberts dared Officer Nick Bosick to shoot him.

“You posed a substantial danger to the officer,” 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson said during a sentencing hearing Friday. “In another area of the state, you could have been dead.”

Deputy District Attorney Charles Lance agreed.

Lance said Bosick showed great restraint not to use deadly force and was able to talk Roberts into dropping the fence post.

Roberts and his attorney, Norm Townsend, blamed the incident on a mental condition Roberts suffers from along with cocaine he was under the influence of at the time.

“He now recognizes he needs to address his mental illness,” Townsend said.

During the hearing, Roberts said he was sorry for what he did.

“I would like to apologize to the community and the officer,” Roberts said. “I could have hurt someone. No one should have to be put in fear. It was wrong.

“I’m going to use this to learn. I know there is help for me.”

The confrontation between Roberts and the police occurred when Roberts apparently entered a residence on Pine Grove Road in the early hours of Aug. 9 and officers were called.

When the police arrived, a disoriented Roberts kept the officers away by using the 7-foot post in a threatening manner.

After Roberts was arrested and medically cleared, he was booked into the Routt County Jail.

During an interview with investigators, Roberts said he could not remember the incident. He indicated to the officers he was on his way to Craig from Denver, where he had used the drugs.

The 170 days Roberts spent in jail will count toward his prison sentence.

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