Man pleads guilty in aborted pregnancy

Jared Ahlstrom

A former Grand Junction man accused of slipping his pregnant girlfriend pills that caused her to lose the fetus pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to one felony count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Jared Ahlstrom, 31, who now lives in Utah, faces an open sentence under the plea agreement.

Ahlstrom could be sentenced to a range of probation to 12 years in prison for the class four felony charge, which will be determined by Mesa County District Judge Thomas Deister.

Sentencing is May 3.

According to an arrest affidavit, Ahlstrom wanted his girlfriend to have an abortion after he impregnated her. About a year after his ex-girlfriend miscarried, he admitted to her he had drugged her twice to kill the fetus. Ahlstrom told the woman he had purchased Misoprostol in Mexico and laced her food with the drug before they went hiking.

Ahlstrom, who lived in Grand Junction with his girlfriend for about a year and a half, ending in September 2008, turned himself in to Utah authorities on the Grand Junction warrant in January.


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