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Man who vandalized Tri-County Health sentenced to 18 months in prison

Daniel Pesch, 38, pleaded guilty to one count after the health department's windows were damaged and vandalized numerous times.

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — An Aurora man was sentenced to 18 months in prison for vandalizing Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) offices numerous times in April and May 2020.

Daniel Pesch, 38, was sentenced on Sept. 17 in the 18th Judicial District to 18 months on one felony count of criminal mischief. He received credit for about 13 months of time served.

The District Attorney's Office dismissed two other charges of criminal mischief and defacing property.

According to the arrest affidavit, TCHD's Aurora office, at 15192 E. Hampden Ave., had its windows either damaged or destroyed three times in April 2020. The broken windows caused at least $5,000 in damage.

The TCHD office was vandalized another three times in May 2020 with vulgar messages written in marker and spray paint on the windows, the affidavit says.

> The video above was from when Pesch was arrested in May 2020.

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On May 4, 2020, Tri-County's safety and security specialist sent police Facebook messages that were sent from Pesch's account, according to the affidavit. The message, dated May 2, read, "Hope you're enjoying put small businesses under. Enjoy your broken windows <expletives>."

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Jared Polis issued a stay-at-home order on March 25, 2020, that was extended through April 26. Some businesses began to reopen after that order lifted, though many struggled and closed amid safety restrictions.

Pesch was also arrested in Chaffee County on suspicion of threatening members of the sheriff's office command staff in August 2020.

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