DENVER – Glen Earl Cotonuts,54, of Towaoc, Colo., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Christine M. Arguello to serve 20 months in federal prison for failure to register as a sex offender, U.S. Attorney John Walsh and U.S. Marshal John L. Kammerzell announced on Friday. Following his prison sentence, Judge Arguello ordered Cotonuts to spend five years on supervised release. The defendant appeared at the sentencing hearing in custody, and was remanded at its conclusion.
Cotonuts was indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 1, 2012. On Sept. 30, 2013 a jury trial in Denver commenced and concluded with a unanimous guilty verdict. The defendant was sentenced on Dec. 16.
According to court documents, and evidence presented during trial, beginning on June 22, 2012, and continuing until Aug. 15, 2012, Cotonuts was required to register under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, as he was a sex offender by reason of conviction under federal law. Despite knowing that he had to register, Cotonuts failed to register and update his registration while living on the Ute Mountain Ute reservation as required by law.
“For the safety of the public, sex offenders are required by law to register with law enforcement,” said Walsh. “When a sex offender changes addresses and fails to register there are serious consequences – including going to prison.”
“This investigation and its successful outcome is yet another example of the resolve of the U.S. Marshals Service towards bringing unregistered sex-offenders to justice,” Kammerzell added. “Once again I am extremely proud of the work of my deputy marshals and that of our close partners at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
Cotonuts was prosecuted by Durango Branch Office Chief James Candelaria.