A Parachute man pleaded guilty Friday to felony charges related to the armed robbery of a Basalt woman in her home in November and faces up to 32 years in prison.
Michael Hawkins, 25, will receive 10 to 32 years for aggravated robbery with a crime-of-violence enhancement because the victim was considered an at-risk person. He also will be sentenced to two to 12 years for conspiracy to commit burglary.
Hawkins’ two sentences will be served simultaneously, not concurrently, says a press release from the district attorney’s office in the 5th Judicial District.
He admitted to planning and carrying out the Nov. 28 home invasion, the release says. Another man, Sergio Sanchez Jr., 24, of Rifle, has pleaded not guilty, and a teen was arrested last month for allegedly acting as the getaway driver.
The woman, 70, told Basalt police that on Nov. 28 she had just gotten out of the shower around noon and was blow-drying her hair when she heard a loud crash in her home. (Police had previously reported her age as 75).
She came out and apparently surprised Sanchez and Hawkins. The defendants believed the woman was going to be gone for a few days, Basalt police Sgt. Stu Curry said a day after the crime, declining comment on why the defendants thought that.
The woman asked Sanchez who he was, and he allegedly pointed a handgun at her and told her to shut up, according to police.
Sanchez asked her if she had any money, while Hawkins covered his head and face with a hooded sweatshirt as he collected her belongings, according to the arrest warrant for Sanchez.
The woman told police that she gave Sanchez $70 from her purse. Sanchez then told her to get back into the shower, ordered her to stay there for five minutes and told her they would come back and kill her if she called the police, according to the warrant.
The woman left the bathroom a few minutes later and found her phone line ripped from the wall, the warrant for Hawkins says.
The alleged victim called police from a friend’s home. She told authorities that the thieves had taken an iPhone, an iPad, a Rolex watch valued at $20,000, a sapphire-and-diamond ring valued at $24,000 and other jewelry items, the warrant says.
Using an iPhone tracking feature, the woman’s son told police that he had tracked the device to Rifle. Police executed a search warrant the next day at a Rifle residence and allegedly found several of the items.
“We are pleased that Mr. Hawkins has made an admission of his guilt in this case,” said deputy district attorney John Franks in the release. “The victim is happy with the agreement, which is always a top priority for us, and we feel that this will result in an appropriate and just sentence.”
Hawkins may be called to testify against Sanchez and the teen, said Jill Sarmo, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.
Hawkins, who was represented by attorney Terry O’Connor of Edwards, had charges of burglary, theft of $20,000 or more; and menacing with a real or simulated weapon dismissed as part of the plea agreement.