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DA, victim oppose new freedoms for Deer Creek Middle School shooter

Posted at 6:28 PM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 21:30:33-05

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- Prosecutors and one of the victims in the shooting at Deer Creek Middle School in 2010 are objecting new proposed privileges for the gunman who is currently being held at a state mental institution.

Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood shot two eighth graders, Reagan Weber and Matt Thieu at the school where he attended as a child in February 2010.

Both survived, but were seriously injured.

A jury found Eastwood not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity and he is currently being held for one day to life on the insanity finding.  

In August, a superintendent of the Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo, filed a noticed with the Jefferson County court authorizing Eastwood to leave the hospital for short periods of time unsupervised, if there were no objections.

Both the district attorney and Thieu's family have since objected the temporary release.

"We strongly believe that if it wasn't for the teachers at Deer Creek Middle School, many individuals would have been hurt and potentially at a loss of life," Thieu's sister, Noelle, wrote in a letter to the judge. 

His sister went on to say, "We are happy that Eastwood has stabilized his mental illness with medication, however we believe that allowing such privileges will only open the door for more crime on behalf of Eastwood's mental illness." 

"The defendant poses a substantial danger to the community and should not be allowed the privilege of temporary physical removal for treatment or rehabilitation," said district attorney Pete Weir in his objection. 

A hearing scheduled for Dec. 15 will determine whether or not Eastwood is granted the temporary unsupervised release.