Estes Park man pleads guilty to manslaughter

Full story: Estes Park Trail-Gazette

An Estes Park man pleaded guilty Friday in Larimer District Court to manslaughter in the shooting death of an Estes Park teenager.
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So there was a killer

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loose in town for eight months. Any more unsolved crimes or bodies in Lake Estes that need to be accounted for.

Gosh was the Trailer Trash Gazette all over this one...not.

EPIC FAIL. Thanks for protecting your citizens with real information, instead of your need to run constant updates on the duck farce.

Where is the update promised one month ago now on the body pulled from Estes Lake????????
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Are you kidding me. THe case is "complicated" so you will not give details. Very shoddy newspaper work you should call yourself the rag you are. Shame on you.
Would really be nice to

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Jun 8, 2013
 
know what exactly the deal is in the case - records have been sealed, so if they guy walks, how would the victim's family respond, unless it was with another body floating in the lake, which would also be a sealed record, with details to follow once the autopsy report comes back three weeks ago
Sad

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How Dodge's employer Valerie Plume continues to defend this model citizen, was she a nurse over at the medical center at one time? Tom H
Did you see

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Jun 12, 2013
 
Sad wrote:
How Dodge's employer Valerie Plume continues to defend this model citizen, was she a nurse over at the medical center at one time? Tom H
His employers comment in the Coloradoan?
"Thomas rolled the dice on his life today" referring to his guilty plea, at least he still has a life to roll the dice on, unlike the poor victim in this, guess he rolled the dice on her life too, only it came up "craps" for her.
karma, it catches up with all eventually.
Or maybe

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Jun 12, 2013
 
Mr. Dodge finally decided to accept some responsibility and own up to his actions that led to this incident, while his employer still insists "he's innocent and did NOTHING wrong", when apparently , even Mr. Dodge at this point admits to some level of wrongdoing.
this is sad

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everyone on this board is arguing over nothing, because we have access to nothing, the records have been sealed for no good reason, his employer continues to claim he is being framed, a girl is dead and being blamed for her death, bodies wash up to the shore of Estes Lake with no explanation and an autopsy report that we are all still waiting on, one month later.

Where are the updates for these stories that we were promised?

Could it be that the Trailer Trash Gazette simply wants us to keep checking back, doofus like, while they charge their advertisers for clicks?

Is is possible they are not really a true newspaper, but rather a butt itching device for the delivery person?
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Jun 13, 2013
 
Wow! Again with the desire to see the paper print ANYTHING, factual or not, about stuff that may very well be embargoed by local law enforcement for whatever reason.

I don't agree with the police or D.A.'s office withholding things deliberately. But if the family of Mr. Hurt gets the autopsy results and it was not a homicide, do they have some obligation to all of us to disclose any unfortunate or embarrassing details about their loved ones death?

As to young Mr. Dodge. The Trail-Gazette did not seal the arrest record or engage in any of the other shenanigans that kept them from reporting what was going on. Sometimes the authorities stonewall the press to cover up for a poorly conducted investigation, conflicts of interest or other misconduct. I have no use for Mr. Dodge or the people who scream,"He was framed!" But you are presumed innocent until proven guilty and being charged is not an automatic conviction.

If you compare the police reports in both local papers you will notice that they are nearly identical most of the time. The exception being that one chooses not to print the names. And why is that? Because the PD sends out their person with the sanitized for their protection edition of the police blotter. Why? Apparently they feel that the press can't be trusted to use their "newsmans judgement". More than once a highly paid officials offspring has been in trouble and they don't like being made to look silly.

All of this is sad. A certain "NewsChannel" likes to run with stories based on "people are saying" or "some people say" or various permutations thereof. So is this what you want? If your brother/father/son/uncle meets an untimely end will you like it if the paper says, "Some people say that the deceased drank himself to death and choked on his own vomit. Others say he took his own life. We report, you decide!" Or if your daughter was the one allegedly shot by Mr. Dodge, would you like the lurid, tabloid style printing of photos of where your daughter was killed along with graphic pictures of the crime scene splashed all over the paper and TV? Bottom line: Thomas Dodge will be going away for a while and should have lots of time to think about the events of December 2012.
What sanctimony

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Jun 13, 2013
 
and navel gazing. Do you print out and frame the crap you write?
This paper should be a paper, not a vehicle to squeeze nonsense in between ads from Fort Collins. Do you think it is really very responsible to say "Check back later, because we will have more updates" and then not provide these updates? There are ways to say "the autopsy did nor reveal any evidence of foul play" without saying, "the guy was likely drunk and fell in the lake" or whatever happened. How would we know? How do you know. What is the point of a paper if you get your news from the local bar?
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and Mr. dodge gets sentenced for this, let's all hope for a long, sentence where he'll make lots of new close , personal friends.
Give it a rest

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and Mr. dodge gets sentenced for this, let's all hope for a long, sentence where he'll make lots of new close , personal friends.
Mean comments like that aren't necessary, manslaughter, as I said once before, means there was no intent to cause harm, meaning in all likelihood this was just an unfortunate, albeit sad, accident. If there was more to it, he would have been charged with more, that never happened,the charge has always just been manslaughter, and the fact that he has plead guilty means he has accepted responsibility for what happened and is willing to accept whatever decision the judge makes as far as his sentencing, which is more than what a lot of you would do.
How many of you all have something in your past that you never admitted to or owned up to like Thomas has done. Whatever happens to him won't be easy and it won't change what happened, but again, at least he's owned up to it and is willing to accept whatever the results may be. He deserves some credit for that at least.
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Aug 13, 2013
 
Agree with "G". Agree so much that I can barely add to it. Thomas Dodge is a person. He is not accused of shooting her. Without details to this case, those should hold their opinions to themselves or become lawyers if they are so interested in court cases. Most people in town know this was a terrible accident and that Mr Dodge loved this girl very much. I expect meanness to come my way after writing this, but why be so hateful? Do any of you really know? Quit your judging when you don't even have facts to judge. Terrible. I wish peace and healing to Miranda's family and loved ones and to Thomas and his loved ones. I am sure he is already suffering and will for years to come.
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Mean comments like that aren't necessary, manslaughter, as I said once before, means there was no intent to cause harm, meaning in all likelihood this was just an unfortunate, albeit sad, accident. If there was more to it, he would have been charged with more, that never happened,the charge has always just been manslaughter, and the fact that he has plead guilty means he has accepted responsibility for what happened and is willing to accept whatever decision the judge makes as far as his sentencing, which is more than what a lot of you would do.
How many of you all have something in your past that you never admitted to or owned up to like Thomas has done. Whatever happens to him won't be easy and it won't change what happened, but again, at least he's owned up to it and is willing to accept whatever the results may be. He deserves some credit for that at least.
G
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