Boulder firefighter pleads guilty to assault charge

Posted on: 3:48 pm, December 10, 2012, by , updated on: 03:05pm, January 30, 2013

DENVER – A Boulder firefighter who was on the cover of the 2008 firefighter calendar pleaded guilty to a third-degree assault charge that he knocked his ex-girlfriend out.

Brad Ginnett appeared in Denver District court for his sentencing hearing Monday. He was originally charged with domestic abuse, a felony, but made a deal with prosecutors and agreed to plead guilty to the lesser assault charge, which is a misdemeanor, and a class 4 felony charge of tampering with a witness or victim.

Police said Ginnett punched his ex-girlfriend in the face twice and “knocked her unconscious.”

He has maintained his innocence.

The victim, Carrie Booze, reported the attack to police and filed charges, but then recanted. She told FOX31 Denver she lied to police the night she filed charges.

Booze has been trying to convince prosecutors to drop the charges.

A spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said it’s not uncommon for domestic violence victims to recant their stories later.

In court, prosecutors told the judge the evidence shows Ginnett not only knocked Booze out, “he left her that way” and put her life in danger.

Ginnett’s attorney called him a “remarkable human being,” and said she had “never represented someone so honorable.”

Under the plea agreement, the judge sentenced Ginnett to 3 years probation. He will also undergo domestic violence counseling and anger management.

Prosecutors said Ginnett has been violating the terms of a restraining order by contacting the alleged victim.

The judge told Ginnett if he contacts her again he will go to jail.

Ginnett refused to comment to FOX31.