A Pagosa Springs man has been sentenced to serve up to seven decades in the Colorado Department of Corrections following guilty pleas in two cases.
Jason Snow, 25, entered guilty pleas in proceedings held in a Durango courtroom on June 17 due to court availability issues in Pagosa Springs, said Deputy District Attorney Alex Lowe.
Snow entered guilty pleas to charges of escape and assault on a detention officer, as well as admitting habitual criminal status in an underlying case, Lowe said.
Under the plea agreement, several charges stemming from the escape were dropped, including motor vehicle theft, false imprisonment and two counts of robbery. Additionally, the state did not pursue habitual criminal status relating to the escape.
Snow, along with another inmate, escaped from the Archuleta County Detention Center last July.
Before the escape, Snow was in the Archuleta County jail awaiting sentencing and a jury trial to determine habitual criminal status — a determination that would affect the length of the sentence faced. He was found guilty the previous May of first-degree assault, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious bodily injury, and tampering with physical evidence.
For the guilty plea to the escape charge, Snow was sentenced to 12 years, to be served concurrently with a six-year sentence for the assault charge, Lowe said.
Snow’s admission of habitual criminal status comes with a 64-year sentence, Lowe added.
Lowe explained that the 64-year sentence and the six-year sentence for assault on a detention officer must be served consecutively, meaning Snow faces up to 70 years in prison.
According to law, Snow would be eligible for parole after serving 75 percent of his sentence, Lowe said.
At approximately 8 p.m. July 20, Snow and Clifford Todd Reseigh, 45, locked one detention officer in the jail facility’s visitor room and assaulted two detention officers, stealing keys from them.
Snow and Reseigh used the keys to steal a jailer’s pickup truck from behind the jail before heading south on County Road 500 (Trujillo Road).
At about 4 p.m. July 22, four officers from the New Mexico State Police and Jicarilla Apache Police approached a camp trailer, where they cornered the two escapees.
Snow fled the RV, while Reseigh attacked officers with a knife. Reseigh was shot and killed during the confrontation.
On July 23, Snow was found in an outhouse about a mile from where Reseigh was shot. Snow was apprehended without incident and taken to the Rio Arriba County Adult Detention Facility in Tierra Amarilla, N.M., where he was held until his extradition back to Archuleta County on Feb. 8.