Cops cleared in campus shooting, new details on the Nederland bomb and probation for an overdose death in criminal justice news this week

Machete on the ground

Machete carried by Brandon Simmons onto University of Colorado Boulder campus on Oct. 5. Boulder County District Attorney’s Office photo.

The Boulder County District Attorney cleared the two police officers who shot and killed a machete-wielding former Marine last month, Feds provided new details on the bomb left at the Nederland Police station and a female addict gets probation in connection to charges surrounding the heroin overdose death of her boyfriend last year in Boulder.

Boulder District Attorney clears officers in fatal shooting on University of Colorado Boulder campus

The two officers who shot and killed machete-wielding Brandon Simmons on Oct. 5 were justified in their use of lethal force according to Boulder DA Stan Garnett. The officers each shot Simmons multiple times after he raised the weapon and moved towards them in a stairwell according to investigators. Authorities are still unclear as to why Simmons traveled from Westminster that day and entered the Champions Center on campus openly carrying the machete.

Federal prosecutors call Nederland bomb “very sophisticated”

The improvised bomb left at the Nederland Police Department on Oct. 11 contained arsenic and used a cellphone as a detonator according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Holloway. The accused bomber, David Michael Ansberry, 64, is facing a life sentence if convicted on charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Woman who failed to call 911 as her boyfriend was overdosing on heroin gets three years probation

Nina Isadore Schwartz, 25, will serve three years probation and 60 hours of community service in connection with the overdose death of her boyfriend Austin O’Loughlin, 33, on Feb. 28, 2015. Boulder County prosecutors agreed with the sentence, contingent on Schwartz maintaining her sobriety.

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