An Aurora man is going to prison for 32 years for an armed carjacking spree involving seven incidents across four counties – all while wearing an ankle monitor because he was on parole.
Arapahoe County District Judge Andrew Baum on July 25 sentenced Tremaine Speer, 33, to the Department of Corrections. A jury found Speer guilty in May of 17 counts, including aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, and second-degree assault.
“This defendant terrorized seven strangers weeks after he got out of prison,” said District Attorney George Brauchler. “He continues to be violent and has proven he is not a candidate for a lesser sentence. Our neighbors are safer the longer he is behind bars.”
The crimes occurred in July 2016, throughout Littleton, Aurora, Denver, Commerce City and Westminster.
Speer used a handgun to confront drivers and steal their cars and possessions. In one case, he targeted an Aurora woman who had just pulled into her driveway with her young son in the car. In another, he struck a woman in the face with a handgun to force her out of her car at a Littleton museum.
The cars were eventually recovered and he was arrested by police who were able to identify him and track the GPS device he wore on his ankle.
Investigators determined Speer began his crime spree within weeks after he was released from prison on parole for prior felony convictions.
“Speer was given an opportunity to return to the community on parole, but his crimes proved that was a mistake,” said Senior Deputy District Attorney Tom Byrnes, who prosecuted the case. “He proved by his repeated violence and targeting vulnerable victims that he was still an aggressive and dangerous felon who didn’t deserve to live in the community again.”
On May 30, the jury convicted Speer of seven counts of aggravated robbery, second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, four counts of aggravated motor vehicle theft and four counts of theft.