It seems as if not even a week can go by without yet another of these “empty the jails” stories popping up in the headlines. Today’s tale takes us back to Colorado. In fact, it’s the same jail where we covered another such story just last weekend. In that episode, an inmate of the Weld County Jail was released early to protect him from the coronavirus, only to break into a county pool vehicle to steal money minutes after he left the building.
Unfortunately, this week’s entry is considerably more serious. An inmate sentenced to two years for child endangerment and other charges was released after only 48 days, with the judge accepting the argument that he might be exposed to the virus. Less than a month later, the police are trying to track him down after he allegedly attempted to strangle a woman, leaving her hospitalized after the attack. (CBS Denver)
A former Weld County Jail inmate, who was released early from a two year sentence due to COVID-19 concerns, is now accused of attacking and strangling someone one month after his release. The Windsor Police Department is now searching for Christopher A. Vecchiarelli, 36, after they say he attacked a woman, leaving bruises in several places and fracturing her arm.
According to court records obtained by CBS4, Vecchiarelli was released from the Weld County Jail on April 7, 2020 following his attorney’s accusations that incarceration in Weld County was increasing “risks and lethality of COVID-19.”