Retired Aurora officer sentenced to jail for buying rifle for pipe bomber – What We Know!

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DENVER – A retired Aurora Police Division sergeant who purchased an AR-15 for a felon who was dwelling in his basement and who set off pipe bombs in Aurora was sentenced to a few months in jail.

Curtiss Christensen, 70, was sentenced to 90 days in jail plus 4 years of supervised probation, in addition to 75 hours of neighborhood service by an Arapahoe County District Courtroom decide.

Christensen had bought an AR-15 for a person named Scott Campbell, who was dwelling in his basement on the time of the acquisition, earlier than Campbell set off pipe bombs in late 2020 and early 2021.

Campbell’s bombs, set off on Christmas 2020 and Jan. 7, 2021, despatched shrapnel into three close by properties. When police have been investigating the bombings, they came upon concerning the rifle that had been purchased by Christensen for Campbell, and in addition found he had helped Campbell cover proof, in line with prosecutors.

Courtesy Arapahoe Co. Sheriff’s Workplace

The mug shot for Curtiss Christensen, 70.

Christensen was initially charged with being an adjunct to first-degree arson, tampering with bodily proof and illegal buy of firearms.

However in December, he pleaded responsible to at least one rely of straw buy of a firearm, a category 4 felony, and the opposite counts have been dismissed.

Prosecutors requested the decide to condemn Christensen to jail, and members of the family of a girl who was inside one of many properties the shrapnel hit testified at his sentencing.

“You’ve gotten change into one of many risks you and different legislation enforcement officers have taken oaths to guard us in opposition to,” Choose Ryan Stuart instructed Christensen at sentencing. “You made the choice to arm a violent man with a weapon. Your actions on this one case erased a whole profession of public service.”

Campbell pleaded responsible in January to at least one rely of tried first-degree homicide and one rely of possession of a weapon by a earlier offender and was sentenced to twenty years in jail.

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