Grabe plea accepted; sanity to be determined

A Pear Park man charged with fatally shooting his 13-year-old son formally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Friday morning.

Mesa County District Judge Brian Flynn accepted the plea Friday after advising the defendant, 51-year-old Allen Grabe, that the plea means he could not distinguish right from wrong when he shot to death his son, Jacob Grabe.

Grabe will be taken to the Colorado Mental Health Institute for an examination by a psychiatrist to determine whether he is sane. If he is considered not sane, he could be housed for the rest of his life in a locked mental health institution, Flynn advised.

Grabe appeared in custody Friday and gave short answers of “Yes, your honor,” while nodding his head up and down to many of Flynn’s questions.

Grabe did not look toward his wife or other family members when he was led out of the courtroom by a deputy. He has been allowed to have contact with his wife, Jacquette Grabe, after she filed a motion requesting that a restraining order be lifted.

Grabe is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death of his son while the boy slept the night of Sept. 11.

Grabe’s case is scheduled for a review hearing April 22, but attorneys on both sides said it is unclear whether a mental health examination will be completed by that time.


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