Casper motel standoff suspect pleads guilty

2012-10-06T11:00:00Z 2013-01-21T20:18:08Z Casper motel standoff suspect pleads guiltyBy MEGAN CASSIDY Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

The man accused of holding four people hostage in the Casper Super 8 motel standoff has pleaded guilty to all charges filed against him.

State and defense attorneys outlined the terms of Jacob Dziewic's plea agreement at his arraignment in Natrona County District Court on Friday. Under the plea deal, Dziewic will serve all sentences concurrently and will spend up to 15 years in prison.

In the early morning hours of Aug. 21, witnesses say Dziewic and a second man, Joseph Geelan, began to act agitated when police knocked on the door of their Super 8 motel room.

Geelan and Dziewic had already consumed what the witness thought to be a form of methamphetamine and started acting “scary,” waving guns around.

The scene escalated into a dramatic 11-hour standoff between the two suspects and more than 30 officers.

Police say Dziewic and Geelan would not permit the other four people in the room to leave. The witness heard one of the suspects say if police kicked down the door, “They were just going to start shooting everybody.”

Over the course of several hours, officers were able to negotiate the release of all the hostages in the room. After they were released, police were then able to talk Dziewic out and take him into custody. About 4 p.m., Geelan took his own life by shooting himself in the head.

Dziewic was charged with one count of possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent and four counts of felonious restraint.

Each count of felonious restraint carries up to five years in prison or a $10,000 fine, but can be enhanced by 10 years because the suspect was using a firearm. The single count of possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent carries up to five years.

The state has additionally agreed they will not pursue narcotics charges, and no federal charges will be filed.

He is currently being held on a $200,000 bond. He will receive a sentencing hearing at a later date.

Reach crime reporter Megan Cassidy at 307-266-0534 or Follow her on Twitter @meganrcassidy.

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  1. rgath
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    rgath - October 07, 2012 7:15 am
    what's up with this? this guy will, literally, be walking the streets in four or five years. prosecutors had the chance to protect the public and put this guy away until he needs a walker. too bad for his next victims.
  2. whowhat
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    whowhat - October 06, 2012 3:15 pm
    Just so you know Jacob, there are many of us thinking of you daily and praying for you. We know you're a good person who made some really bad choices and now obviously have to face the consequences, like the anyone else. There is no doubt your life will turn around and you'll make the most of the opportunities and blessings you have.
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