Steamboat Springs A 33-year-old Fort Carson man was given a chance to prove he can once again become a law abiding citizen despite pleading guilty to a felony charge stemming from a burglary.
On Friday morning, 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson sentenced Shawn Jay Moffett to three years of supervised probation.
Moffett received the sentence for pleading guilty in May to criminal trespass, a class five felony.
The veteran entered a home under construction in the 27500 block of Running Elk Lane in Clark the evening of Sept. 2.
At the time, Moffett was serving in the U.S. Army and stationed in Fort Carson.
"For most of his life, Mr. Moffett has been a law-abiding citizen," said Drew Johnroe, Moffett's attorney. "I have a hard time understanding why he went off on the deep end here."
Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James did not push for a prison sentence.
The charge carries a prison sentence between six month and six years and a fine between $1,000 and $100,000.
Moffett pleaded with Thompson to give him a chance.
"I would like to be a law-abiding citizen again," Moffett said.
Moffett and a Wisconsin woman, Elizabeth Ann Phillips, broke into the empty home but had to leave when a relative of the homeowner arrived at the residence.
Witnesses were able to give police a description of Phillips' car that left the scene.
Steamboat Springs police stopped the vehicle at a local convenience store, and Moffett and Phillips were arrested.
For the incident, Phillips pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor trespassing charge Feb. 28.
For her guilty plea to the charge, Phillips was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation, 120 hours of community service, fined $100 and ordered to pay $138 in court costs.