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Suspect in triple murder has lengthy criminal past

Published On: Mar 10 2014 08:20:31 PM CDT

The suspect in Sunday night's triple homicide in Canon City has a lengthy criminal history.

CANON CITY, Colo. -

The suspect in Sunday night's triple homicide in Cañon City has a lengthy criminal history.

Jaacob Vanwinkle, 31, was arrested in connection to the triple homicide. Police found three people dead at a home in the 1100 block of Phay Avenue. Cañon City police say the victims were a 5-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl and their 35-year-old-mom. A teenage girl survived.

This wasn't Vanwinkle's first run-in with the law.

In August 2004, he was charged with one count of battery in Indiana. Two months later, a count of criminal mischief was dismissed. That November, he pleaded guilty to child molestation and performing a sexual misconduct in the presence of a minor. He served three years behind bars for those last two counts.

In 2008, Vanwinkle was charged with theft. He pleaded guilty and served jail time.

In 2010, he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to probation. He violated that probation, and it was revoked.

In 2011, he was arrested after his roommate was found dead. Vanwinkle was found hiding in the woods. But no charges were filed against him, because it was determined his roommate died of a heart attack.

Vanwinkle has a criminal history in Colorado too.

In 2012, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. Charges of false imprisonment and reckless endangerment were dismissed as part of a plea deal.

In Sunday's crimes, he faces charges of first degree murder, kidnapping, sexual assault and sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.

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