Defendant Pleads Guilty to Threatening Governor Jared Polis and an Adams County Prosecutor
August 28, 2023
Brighton, CO — Today, 17th Judicial District Attorney Brian Mason is announcing the guilty pleas by Jeromie Rose, 42, to Retaliation Against an Elected Official for threatening the life of Colorado Governor Jared Polis by voicemail on June 20, 2023, and Retaliation Against a Prosecutor for threatening an Adams County Prosecutor on March 12, 2023.
June 20, 2023:
On June 20, 2023, Jeromie Rose left two voicemails on Governor Jared Polis' front desk line of an explicit and threatening nature. In the voicemails, Rose made multiple statements that he intended to put a bullet in the Governor's head as a result of losing food stamps. The information was provided to the Colorado State Patrol and an investigation commenced. Ultimately, it was determined that Rose left the voicemails on the Governor's front desk line.
March 12, 2023:
On March 12, 2023, Rose left a voicemail after calling the Adams County District Attorney's Office. In the voicemail, Rose threatened to beat up an Adams County Prosecutor and said, "if I ever see him again, I probably will beat the hell out of him, if not kill him." Through the course of an investigation it was determined that Rose was the individual who left the threatening voicemail on the Adams County District Attorney's phone line. The 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office in Jefferson County was appointed as a special prosecutor in this case.
On Monday, August 28, 2023, Jeromie Rose pleaded guilty to the following charges:
Retaliation Against an Elected Official (F6)
Retaliation Against a Prosecutor (F4)
An Adams County District Court Judge sentenced Rose to four years of probation in both cases. The sentences will run concurrent. He will undergo a mental health evaluation and must comply with mental health treatment. "Public service is an honor that comes with certain sacrifices, but personal safety is not one of them,” said District Attorney Brian Mason. “The defendant’s actions here were not only outrageous, they were dangerous and they were criminal. Threatening violence against a public official fundamentally undermines the social fabric of society. Public discourse is often fraught, particularly today, but threatening or perpetrating violence is never acceptable. We will prosecute and hold accountable those who do.”
The case involving Governor Jared Polis was handled by Chief Deputy District Attorney Alex Baker.
The 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office handled the case involving the Adams County Prosecutor.
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District Attorney Mason assumed the oath of office on January 12, 2021. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office endeavors to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties in felony and misdemeanor cases. DA Mason and his staff are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system to better serve the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.
Ms. Gazelka is a forensic therapist and clinician in Denver, Colorado. She is currently focused on providing therapy and assessment services to adult offenders in the community corrections and parole systems as a supervisor at Correctional Psychology Associates (CPA). Her education and career have been devoted to the intersection of psychology and law since 2000. Ms. Gazelka has been working within the field of forensic and correctional psychology since 2006, providing therapy in the community and acute mental health care and risk assessments in county jails. She has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor since June 2012. She also became a Licensed Addiction Counselor in March 2014. She was listed as a full operating level DVOMB Approved Provider in June 2019 and started a fledgling DV program oriented to Colorado’s Department of Corrections at CPA in September 2019. Ms. Gazelka was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in March 2019 and has started her second term with the board. Ms. Gazelka has been recognized for her work as Contributor of the Year at CPA in 2010 and 2012, as well as having been awarded an Alumni Impact Award for her forensic work in the community by University of Denver’s GSPP in 2019. Ms. Gazelka received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology from University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Ms. Gazelka also received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007, obtaining attorney’s licenses in both Minnesota and Colorado (currently inactive).
Alex Castro Croy
Alex Castro Croy is a bilingual, bicultural, Trauma and Addiction Counselor and owner/Lead Clinician of Life Recovery Centers in Denver and Northglenn Colorado.
A first-generation immigrant from Mexico who accomplished his dream in higher education receiving an AA in Pastoral Ministry (Dallas, Texas), Bachelor of Science in Human Services (MSU in Denver, Colorado) and MA in Community Counseling from Regis University (Denver, Co). He is continuing to pursue his MA/Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.
Alex’s passion includes training, teaching, counseling, and consulting. He has been an Adjunct Professor for the Human Services Department at MSU-Denver for 9 years. He has served as an Interventionist for the Latino GLBTQ community, Drug Court Probation Officer at Denver Juvenile Court Probation (8 years), Bilingual Diversion Officer for Denver DA office (5 years), and currently owner and director of Life Recovery Centers (7 years). He has worked with a variety of clients from all walks of life and his eclectic therapeutic interventions have proven to be effective in treating trauma and addiction.
Thea Wessel is an addictions counselor with a private practice in Colorado. She has been working in the criminal and addiction fields for thirteen years. Ms. Wessel earned her Masters in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and has her LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC, and ADS. She is working towards her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ms. Wessel continually challenges herself and others to provide quality addiction treatment and ways to continue to educate the community about addiction issues.