A woman who assisted her former husband in holding two law enforcement officers hostage has been found guilty of nine charges.
Following three hours of jury deliberation and eight days of trial, the jury found Georgie Hand guilty of two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, two counts of menacing, two counts of disarming a peace officer and third-degree criminal trespassing.
According to Craig Daily Press, Hand and her ex-husband James Brent Damon disarmed and held Colorado Parks and Wildlife Officer Nathan Martinez and Moffat County Sheriff’s Deputy Bhrent Shock at gunpoint near Dinosaur National Monument on March 9, 2015.
Fortunately, the officers fought back, shooting Damon in the head.
“The jury heard the harrowing testimony of the two officers each surprised at gunpoint, taken hostage, disarmed and made to sit,” said District Attorney Brett Barkey. “Because the officers believed they were about to be executed, they fought back, killing Mr. Damon and taking Ms. Hand into custody. The jury’s verdict appropriately holds Ms. Hand to account for the role she played in a situation which nearly cost the lives of these two officers.”
Of the 11 years that Hand and Damon were a couple, they had only physically been together three and a half years- most of the time one or the other was in prison.
Hand claims that Damon allowed her to be gang raped on multiple occasions but had never informed anyone until she gave her testimony. This was used against her during the trial.
14th Judicial District investigator Doug Winters is relieved the trial is over and the officers can find some closure.
“I’m glad that they can get some closure to this and they can hopefully move on with their lives,” he said.
Sentencing for Hand will take place in June.
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