Joseph Norrie, 44, was sentenced to 30 months in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty to an amended count of criminal mischief between $20,000 and $100,000, a Class 4 felony. Three additional charges were dismissed by the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office.
Police said Norrie barricaded himself inside his mother’s mobile home at Skyline Mobile Home Park in March 2018. Norrie was arrested when he eventually exited the trailer after a lengthy standoff, requiring SWAT assistance and evacuation of several residents in the mobile home park.
Police say Norrie threatened to blow up the mobile home, and officers on scene stated they could smell gas coming from the mobile home. However, defense attorney Lance Thibert argued when officers tested near the front door before entering the home, there was very little gas present.
“There was no danger of a gas explosion,” Thibert said.
He added that the fire officers discovered inside the mobile home was caused by a cigarette Norrie did not extinguish, and evidence analyzed later backed that up.
Norrie’s mental health struggles were a significant factor in this incident, Thibert said.
“We know this court is familiar with Mr. Norrie and his struggles,” Thiber said. “I think, though, Mr. Norrie has made significant progress.”
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Norrie has been on medication, Thibert said, and his mother — who was present in court but did not make a statement — also requested the judge consider some form of mental health treatment in his sentence.
“If he can keep doing what he’s doing … I think things will work out,” Thibert said.
Deputy District Attorney Joanne Morando argued that “he is affecting our community,” and he failed to complete a prior sentence to wellness court for drug charges, calling the program “too strict.”
Eighth Judicial District Judge Julie Field agreed with Morando, and told Norrie despite “significant opportunities … you were not able to succeed in completing (wellness court).”
Field did recognize Norrie’s mental health issues, and said she knew Norrie could be successful when on prescribed medication. But, she also noted Norrie’s history with illegal drug use and her obligation to keep Colorado and Larimer County residents safe.
“I don’t want to send you to prison,” Field said. “I don’t feel like I have another choice.”
Norrie was also sentenced to 24 months in Larimer County Jail for third-degree assault and re-sentenced to one year in the Department of Corrections for controlled substance possession. Those sentences will run concurrent to his other prison sentence.
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