An Aurora man being pursued by law enforcement who barricaded himself in a Greenwood Village home was sentenced to 100 years in prison.
Arapahoe District Court Judge Andrew Baum last week sentenced Robert Seacat, 35, to 100 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections. A jury in September found Seacat guilty of numerous counts including attempted manslaughter. He was also determined to be a habitual offender, enhancing his sentence.
“There was no reason for this defendant to put so many people in harm’s way,” said Deputy District Attorney Joe Whitfield, who tried the case with Chief Deputy District Attorney Vicki Klingensmith. “He has proven he has no regard for others, and it is appropriate for him to have no place in society.”
On June 3, 2015, Aurora police investigated a theft report at 9400 E. Hampden Ave. An officer questioned a suspect, and the man, later identified as Seacat, fled. He jumped into a vehicle and tried to run over the officer. A witness told police Seacat had a gun.
Law enforcement tracked Seacat to a home in the 4200 block of South Alton Way in Greenwood Village, where a home alarm system was activated.
Seacat had broken into the house, where a 9-year-old boy was home alone. Police got the boy’s mother to come to the scene, and she convinced the scared child to come out of the home. He was unharmed, and Seacat remained inside.
A standoff ensued that lasted 19 hours. Ultimately, tear gas, SWAT teams, a Bearcat vehicle were used to take Seacat into custody.
“This is a defendant who turned his back on all opportunities to behave in any appropriate manner,” said District Attorney George Brauchler. “He put the public at risk, he put a uniformed officer at risk, and he showed no regard for anyone else. He has proven that prison is the only place he can safely be accommodated, and it is good he will be there a very long time.”
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