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Deer Creek shooter won’t be released for day trips

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State hospital rescinds request

By Ramsey Scott

The Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo has rescinded its request to allow Deer Creek Middle School shooter Bruco Eastwood to take limited, supervised trips as part of his treatment. 

Eastwood was found not guilty by reason of insanity in October 2011 of attempted murder in the shootings of Deer Creek students Matt Thieu and Reagan Weber on Feb. 23, 2010.

In December, the state hospital submitted a request for the outside visits as part of Eastwood’s treatment for schizophrenia. The Jeffco district attorney’s office filed an objection to the request, and a hearing had been set for Feb. 20.

The request would have allowed Eastwood to go on day trips to places like the mall with other patients while supervised by state hospital staff. The state hospital wouldn’t comment on why the request had been changed, citing patient privacy. 

“Obviously we were pleased because we do not believe that Mr. Eastwood should be in the community,” said Jeffco District Attorney Peter Weir. 

Deborah Weber, whose daughter Reagan was shot by Eastwood, said she was happy the state hospital had decided not to pursue the request. Weber said she believed the hospital pulled back the request due to public pressure and media coverage. 

“I’m glad that he’s staying locked up,” Weber said. 

 

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@evergreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22, and follow him on Twitter @RamseyColumbine. Check back at www.columbinecourier.com for updates.