DENVER - A former Denver sheriff's deputy has pleaded guilty in connection with helping a inmate escape from the downtown Denver jail in April.
During a Friday morning hearing in Denver District Court, Matthew Andrews told a judge he's guilty of influencing the sheriff's office via deception. He formally pleaded guilty to attempting to influence a public servant, a class-four felony.
Andrews could face a range of sentencing from probation to a maximum of six years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 24.
According to court records, surveillance video showed Andrews escorting inmate Felix Trujillo, who was wearing a deputy's uniform, as they walked out of the jail on the night of April 7.
"Trujillo was observed standing next to Deputy Andrews wearing a Denver Sheriff's baseball hat and winter jacket," the affidavit for Trujillo's arrest said. "They boarded the elevator together and then were observed exiting the (Downtown Detention Center) onto West 14th Avenue."
The document went on to say the deputy drove Trujillo to the area of 84th Avenue and Washington Street, where Trujillo got into another car and left.
There was a three-hour delay before sheriff's officials issued a public alert about the escape.
According to the affidavit for Andrews' arrest, the deputy returned to the jail after Trujillo's escape and later told coworkers what he had done. He told them he had been threatened and had no choice.
"Andrews revealed to coworkers that he had been threatened and that there was a 'contract' on him and his family and that in order to remain unharmed he needed to help [the inmate escape]," the affidavit said.
Trujillo was being held on aggravated robbery charges when he escaped. He has an extensive criminal arrest record, including escape, felony menacing, domestic violence and assault. Most of the arrests were in the Thornton, Westminster and Adams County area.
Trujillo turned himself in after three days on the run.