Isaiah Rios, convicted in Longmont murder, takes plea deal in 'shank' case

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Jun. 19—A man convicted in a Longmont murder case last year also has resolved an additional case in which he was accused of having a makeshift weapon while in custody at the Boulder County Jail.

Isaiah Rios, 31, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree possession of contraband and carrying a concealed weapon, both misdemeanors.

Prosecutors dismissed the felonies originally filed in the case. They also dismissed a petty trespassing case, resolving all of Rios' cases in Boulder County.

Because Rios already is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole and has been in custody since his arrest in the murder case in 2019, his attorney Lovel Tokic asked Boulder District Judge Patrick Butler to sentence Rios to time served.

Prosecutors did not object to the request, and Butler sentenced Rios to six months in jail, with six months of credit for time served.

Rios, who attended the hearing remotely from the Limon Correctional Facility, did not make any statements about the case other than to enter the guilty pleas.

According to prosecutors, Rios was found with a "shank" on Dec. 7, 2019, during a search while he was in the Boulder County Jail awaiting trial on his murder case.

Deputies at the jail said the weapon was about 4 inches long, with a handle made of a white fabric with a sharpened piece of metal or wire at the end.

Rios was found guilty in October on 15 charges, including first-degree murder and felony murder, for a Longmont crime spree that ended in the stabbing of Gary Hockaday, 80, in 2019.

He was given a mandatory life sentence without parole for the murder counts and 140 additional years for the other charges.

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