Colorado Springs man pleads guilty to felony criminal mischief

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 10/21/2013

A Colorado Springs man will plead guilty to one felony count of criminal mischief in connection with a spree of throwing rocks and other objects at tractor-trailers and other vehicles on Interstate 25 in Colorado Springs.

David J. Husman, 42, was facing a total of 18 felony and misdemeanor charges, including:

  • One felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor;
  • Two felony counts of criminal mischief;
  • One misdemeanor count of third-degree assault;
  • Five misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief;
  • Seven misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment; and
  • One count of throwing missiles at vehicles.

In exchange for his guilty plea, Husman will receive three years of supervised probation, 74 days in jail, and be ordered to pay restitution to his victims. An affidavit filed in connection with the case states that the aggregate damage to all vehicles is at least $6,602.

Husman, who has been incarcerated since his arrest on Aug. 16, is expected to be released from the El Paso County jail on Oct. 29, having served his time. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 5 in the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court of El Paso County.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Husman was accused of taking a juvenile male out on multiple raids to throw rocks and other projectiles at passing vehicles.

The probable cause affidavit, which also included portions of an interview between El Paso County sheriff’s deputies and the unidentified juvenile, states that the minor and Husman had gone out “probably 100 times” within the last year to throw objects at passing vehicles. Those objects reportedly included rocks, dirt, bottles and, in one instance, a piece of metal rebar.

The affidavit also states that the juvenile told police Husman purportedly instructed him “to throw rocks at semi-trucks and concrete trucks, because they cannot stop easily,” giving the duo time to escape. The affidavit also alleges that the juvenile was encouraged to throw rocks at cars traveling behind dump trucks, because “the driver of the car will just think the rock came from the dump truck.”

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