Court denies unsupervised leave for man who shot Jefferson County eighth-graders

GOLDEN, Colo. — A Jefferson County District Court judge has ruled a man who shot two eighth-graders at Deer Creek Middle School in 2010 and was found not guilty of attempted murder by reason of insanity should not be allowed to leave the Colorado Mental Health Institute without supervision.

The institute in December filed a plea on behalf of the now-40-year-old shooter, seeking the court’s approval for him to leave the grounds of the state hospital without staff supervision.

The shooter hoped to find part-time employment, volunteer at a friendly center and visit with his mother.

He requested to spend three or four overnight visits annually at his mother’s home.

The court in its denial said it found issue with Eastwood visiting his mother, citing Eastwood’s “troubled history” with her.