Jury finds man guilty on 37 counts in 2011 spree
A man who fired shots at police during a 2011 standoff at a Clifton home, after botched attempts at stealing cars at a nearby gas station, faces potentially hundreds of years in prison after guilty verdicts were returned by a Mesa County jury.
George Roloff, 37, was convicted Wednesday on 37 charges, including menacing, first-degree assault on a peace officer, attempted aggravated robbery, among others, after a trial before District Judge Richard Gurley that started April 15.
Roloff, who had five prior felony convictions before the July 10, 2011, incident in Mesa County, is charged separately with five counts of being a habitual criminal. He faces a sentence possibly reaching several hundred years in prison if Gurley finds Roloff guilty of being a habitual criminal on May 23.
Roloff over recent years was twice evaluated by doctors at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo for competency to stand trial. On three occasions after his arrest in 2011, Roloff refused to leave his cell at the Mesa County Jail and attend court hearings.
A defense filing in the case in February 2012 noted Roloff had told his attorneys about “fears of witchcraft, spells, demonic actions and other obviously paranormal things.”
Prosecutors over the past week presented testimony from 11 victims in the July 10, 2011, incident, which started with Roloff asking an acquaintance to give him a ride out of town.
Roloff had a shotgun pointed into the man’s side and instructed Abeyta to stop at the Bradley Sinclair, 3218 F Road, to buy fuel.
Abeyta fled when he had the chance at the gas station.
Roloff then approached another man fueling his car, pointed the shotgun at him and demanded his keys. When Roloff couldn’t find the keys in the car, he moved and tried to take two more vehicles.
Both drivers refused to hand over their keys.
Roloff finally approached yet another car occupied by a woman traveling with her 97-year-old grandmother. The woman, however, grabbed the barrel of Roloff’s shotgun and struggled with Roloff before he eventually fled.
The woman’s grandmother had also engaged physically with Roloff during the exchange.
Roloff fled to a duplex at 614B Jackson St., causing the residents to flee, firing several shots while inside the home.
He was eventually arrested after a standoff that lasted several hours.
Roloff told arresting officers he believed regional law enforcement was trying to “take him out” and that he had run out of the prescription medication he was using.
He’d called 911 four times during the standoff, identifying himself only as “Stone,” according to testimony.