Man found guilty of assaulting Breckenridge police officer
After a four-day trial and six hours of deliberation, the jury in the trial of Nathan Finnegan found the 22-year-old Minnesota native guilty of second-degree assault on a peace officer (a class 4 felony), driving under the influence, careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal mischief and resisting arrest. Finnegan was acquitted of the most serious charge, first-degree assault, which is a class 3 felony.
Finnegan was involved in a single-vehicle accident before he was found partially unclothed and sprawled out on Highway 9 in Breckenridge in the late hours of July 21, 2018. Breckenridge police Officer Jennifer Kruse attempted to assist Finnegan, who appeared intoxicated and in an “excited delirium,” when Finnegan punched Kruse in the face. The assault left Kruse unconscious and bleeding, with a concussion and bruising around the neck.
“I am continually amazed at the day-to-day courage law enforcement officers exhibit in their mission to protect us all,” said Bruce Brown, Fifth Judicial District Attorney, who led the prosecution against Finnegan. “When an out-of-control person turns on those who have come to render them aid, it makes you realize how extraordinary the commitment of these brave officers is.”
Finnegan will be sentenced on May 6, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. before Chief Judge Mark Thompson and faces a mandatory term in the Department of Corrections of between five and 16 years.
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