Victor Norman Hansen a.k.a #138866
On January 27, 2006 three friends since school days, BK, JW , and Victor Hansen went out to the Pearl Street Pub in Boulder to shoot some pool and have a few drinks. Another female friend, MS, who was not invited, got BK’s phone number and called to find out where they were, later joining them. They spent the evening recalling high school days, a reunion of sorts. BK and JW thought it probably wasn’t a good idea for MS to drive up the canyon more than 20 miles to her home because she was likely over the legal alcohol limit to drive. So, BK invited her to stay with them at their apartment. They left the bar at about 1:30 AM. Vic, drove everyone the two city blocks to the apartment. Victor and MS ended up sharing a room that night, as they had been flirting at the pub. In the morning, Victor woke up and left at about 8:00 AM to return to his house to get ready to go to work in Boulder. MS stayed at the apartment until the afternoon, and then had another friend, JZ drive her to her car so she could drive home. At 11:30 PM later that night, there was a loud knock on the apartment door. The Boulder Police were investigating a reported sexual assault. MS had reported to the Boulder Police that she believes that she had been drugged and sexually assaulted earlier that day…
The Boulder Police continued their investigation and on August 22, 2006 an arrest warrant was signed. The Boulder Police contacted the Hansen family to let them know that Victor needed to appear at the police station. He called them to ask if he could wait until after the weekend, as he was completing a flooring installation for work. The police agreed that he could appear the following Monday. He drove himself to the Boulder Police Department. He was released on bond, a few days later.
The trial began on June 18, 2007. On June 22, 2007, the jury returned a not guilty verdict on F3 (Sexual assault–victim physically helpless), but was found guilty on F4 (Sexual assault–victim incapable of appraising the nature of her conduct.) Victor’s parents met with Prosecuting Attorney, Ingrid Bakke, on two separate occasions, including October 29, 2007–just 3 days before sentencing. These meetings were an attempt to explain that prison would be the worst possible scenario for Victor. They were informed both times, that if Victor would at least admit that perhaps he misjudged the situation, and give a slight admission of guilt, then that could save him from going to prison, as he would be considered psychologically treatable and no longer in denial. Victor refused the offer and said, “This idea sickened me… If I totally change my story and lie about what…transpired on January 28, I may lessen my sentence.” Victor also said that he would not refute other witnesses’ testimonies by his friends or professionals. He could not be threatened into submission and would not fabricate a story, even though the Prosecuting Attorney tried to tempt him to change his story. On
November 1, 2007, Victor Norman Hansen was sentenced to four years in prison, but with a mandatory release date. Victor was sent to Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center (DRDC). He was transported to Freemont Correctional Facility in Canon City, and was later moved to Crowley County Correctional Facility in Olney Springs. The Alternate Defense Counsel neglected to file a motion for bond pending appeal, and did not file a motion for reduction of sentence. On November 13, 2007, he did file a motion for reconsideration of sentence. However, on April 23, 2008, he withdrew the motion, although Victor wanted him to proceed. On March 19, 2009, the judge changed the sentence, after District Attorney, Catrina M. Weigel, who had no involvement with this case, filed a “motion to change an illegal sentence and amend mittimus”. The Appellate Attorney failed to respond, so the judge granted the motion to change the punishment to a life sentence. On October 29, 2009, Victor Hansen demanded in writing that his attorney remove himself as the attorney on record in Boulder County. (On November 14, 2009, the Alternate Defense Counsel removed himself from the case). On October 29, 2009, the Hansen family contacted appellate attorney, Andrea Gammell, by phone. They wanted to know what statute prevented Vic from being released on bond. Ms. Gammell did not think that Victor was eligible for bond. She thought that the trial attorney had filed an appeal bond and that it had been denied. When she checked, she realized that she was wrong after a conversation with Vic’s Sister (only a person convicted of sexual assault on a child is not eligible for bond.) On December 7, 2009, she apologized to Victor in a letter. He had already been in prison for more than two years.
Victor was transported from Crowley County Correctional Facility and was placed in the Boulder County Jail pending the bond hearing. The bond was granted on April 2, 2010, and Victor Hansen was released from the Boulder County Jail on April 5, 2010. On the night of September 16, 2011 while Victor was driving home from a get together with people from work at Roy’s Last Shot near Rollinsville, he noticed a traffic accident. He stopped and asked the Gilpin County Sheriff if he needed any help. It was at that time that the sheriff smelled alcohol on Vic’s breath, and had him taken to jail as this was a violation of the bond. Although the Hansen family posted $1500 for bond, the probation department refused to allow Gilpin County to release him. At the bond hearing, Judge Lael Montgomery ruled to send him back to prison. While imprisoned at Freemont Correctional Facility, although Victor Hansen had not been written up for any behavioral issues, prison officials placed him in 22-hour lockdown for over 100 days in an attempt to convince him to confess to the original crime. Victor was considered for parole, but the parole board denied the request. Perhaps they thought that if Victor was still in denial about his crime, then he is untreatable and therefore ineligible for parole. Victor Hansen continues to maintain his innocence, and so remains in prison. It has been nearly seven years since his Sentencing.