Leadville man sentenced for Copper Mountain rape | SummitDaily.com

Leadville man sentenced for Copper Mountain rape

BRECKENRIDGE – A District Court judge sentenced a Leadville man to prison after he pleaded guilty to the 2001 assault of a woman at Copper Mountain.

Rodney Harless, 21, will serve 14 years to life in prison consequent to his guilty plea to class-3 felony sexual assault.

In January 2001, Harless introduced himself to the victim in a Copper Mountain parking lot. The two snowboarded together and, later that day, Harless beat the woman with his helmet and raped her in what District Attorney Mark Hurlbert described as a violent assault.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office issued an arrest warrant for Harless after the incident was reported. Harless was later arrested in Denver.

Under Colorado’s sentencing law, Harless must serve 14 years before he is eligible for parole.

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