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Jeffco inmate sentenced to 20 years in prison for assaulting deputy with padlock

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 15:24:38-04

GOLDEN, Colo. — A Jefferson County man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for assaulting a deputy at the county jail earlier this year, officials said.

Roger Charles Joseph Freyta, 39, pleaded guilty in July of first-degree assault of a guard by an inmate, his third felony conviction.

The deputy on Jan. 1 had completed an inmate count at the Jefferson County jail in Golden when Freyta assaulted him with a hand-made weapon, hitting the deputy on the face and head, officials said.

Freyta made the weapon from a padlock he stole from deputies, tying the lock to a strip of fabric torn from a sheet or pillowcase.

The deputy suffered serious injuries, including a concussion, contusions and lacerations on his face.