Convict wins appeal; sentence to be revisited

A man sentenced to serve a maximum 12 years in prison in a 2014 drug case has won an appeal to have his sentence reconsidered by the court.

The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that Terrence Winfield Huggett, who accepted a plea deal in the case involving transportation of methamphetamine from his home in Delta, deserves to have his request for reducing his sentence considered by the court.

Huggett, 43 who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, is currently at the Crowley County Correctional Facility, according to the Department of Corrections.

According to prior reports, Huggett was arrested after drug enforcement officers received a tip that he was going to deliver a large quantity of meth from Delta to Mesa County. Officers followed Huggett and the man who was driving the vehicle, Jody Pabloff, from Huggett’s home in Delta to Grand Junction, where they pulled them over.

They were arrested after police found roughly a pound of methamphetamine inside a black bag.

After he was sentenced by Mesa County courts to serve concurrent 12- and four-year sentences for conviction in the case, Huggett filed a motion with the court to ask if it would reduce the sentence to eight years, the minimum sentence the judge could have issued.

In that motion, Huggett explained he committed the 2014 crimes “under extreme emotional distress and duress,” to get money to pay for legal help with a custody dispute involving his daughters, according to the court of appeals ruling.

A Mesa County judge denied that motion to reduce the sentence, stating that reducing the sentence wouldn’t provide relief to the daughters.

In an opinion issued last Thursday, Judge John Dailey wrote that the lower court’s denial of that motion based on that reasoning was insufficient.

The Mesa County court’s order has been reversed and the case has been sent back to the court for reconsideration of the request for the sentence reduction.


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