Convicted rapist Christopher Lawyer will get a parole hearing next July, one year after he was sent back to prison for violating parole for the second time since his initial release in 2016.
The parole board decided three weeks ago to send Lawyer back to prison after several parole violations in California, where he had moved after a parole violation and several unsuccessful attempts to live in Boulder County.
Lawyer is currently incarcerated at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Canon City, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections inmate database.
But while Lawyer’s sentence is an indeterminate one — meaning he could serve up to the remainder of his life in prison if not deemed releasable — Department of Corrections spokesman Mark Fairbairn said Lawyer is eligible for a parole hearing in July 2019.
Local agencies will have a chance to speak at the hearing. Both the Boulder District Attorney’s Office and the Boulder Police Department spoke in favor of Lawyer’s parole being revoked at his previous violation hearing in July.
That hearing was in response to numerous parole violations in California, where investigators say Lawyer asked a woman for nude photos, had pornography and failed to disclose his status to two employers.
It was his second parole violation after he also was found in possession of pornography in Boulder in 2016. He was sentenced to 180 days in prison for that violation.
Lawyer was deemed a sexually violent predator — a label given by a judge or the parole board to sex offenders convicted of certain crimes and believed to be prone to reoffend — after he pleaded guilty in 2001 to first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault and misdemeanor menacing in connection with the rape of a newspaper carrier.
Police in 2000 said Lawyer kidnapped a woman who was delivering newspapers at the Gold Run apartments in Boulder, forced her into her vehicle and taped her eyes and mouth shut.
Lawyer drove the woman to another location, raped her for more than an hour at gunpoint and attempted to make casual conversation afterward, saying he viewed it as a “normal date.”
The day before the rape, Lawyer forced his way into a University Hill home and attempted to rape a different woman. That woman was injured, but managed to escape.
He originally was sentenced to 12 years to life in prison under Colorado’s indeterminate sentencing laws for sex offenders, and was paroled in 2016.
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