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Appeals judges disagree on upholding 32-year sentence for carjacking spree

Heather Willard

Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / March 24, 2022

(Aurora, Colo.) An Aurora man who was sentenced in 2018 to 32 years in prison for an armed carjacking spree across four counties will remain behind bars after two Colorado Appeals Court Judges affirmed the jury trial’s judgment and district court judge’s sentence.

Tremaine Speer, 38, was sentenced on July 25, 2018, for seven incidents of armed carjacking across four counties in July 2016 while wearing an ankle monitor because he was on parole.

An Arapahoe County jury found him guilty of seven counts of aggravated robbery, one count of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, one count of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, four counts of aggravated motor vehicle theft and four counts of theft, for a total of 17 counts.

The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office dismissed 24 other charges originally brought against Speer, according to court documents.

According to the Colorado Court of Appeals opinions released Thursday, March 23, Judges Craig Welling and Jerry Jones agreed that the original judgment ordered in Speer’s case by the district court should be upheld. Judge Timothy Schutz did not agree, offering his dissension on the judgment.

The opinion was not published due to Colorado law, which only allows for appeals opinions to be published if the opinion establishes a new rule of law or alters a law, involves a legal issue of continuing public interest, the opinion directs attention to shortcomings of existing common law, or the opinion resolves an apparent conflict of authority.

According to law enforcement, Speer used a handgun to confront drivers and steal their cars and possessions. In one case, he attacked an Aurora woman who had just pulled into her driveway with her child in the car. In another, he struck a woman in the face with a handgun to force her out of her car at a Littleton museum.

Investigators said Speer began his crime spree within weeks of being released from prison on parole for prior felony convictions.

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