A man accused of killing a mom and her two children is due in court Thursday.
Prosecutors say they've reviewed evidence implicating Jaacob Vanwinkle in the triple homicide, and are expected to announce the charges against him Thursday. Vanwinkle is being held without bond. We're told he could face the death penalty.
According to Cañon City police, officers were dispatched to a home on Phay Avenue around 8 p.m. March 9 on reports of a sexual assault. Police say that a teenage girl got out of her house and went to a neighbor's home to have them call 911. Officers are still working to piece together exactly what happened next.
Officers say they found three bodies inside the home near the 1100 block of Phay Avenue in Cañon City.
Police say the victims are a mother and her two children, ages five and nine. The family tells 11 News they are Mandy Folsom, 35, and her two children Marissa and Mason.
Investigators tell 11 News the suspect was friends with Folsom. He was living at the home for a few months. Detectives say at one point, the suspect was in a relationship with Folsom. It's unclear if they were at the time of the murders.
Public records indicate the woman was renting the home.
The two children he allegedly killed were both in school. The 9-year-old girl went to Washington Elementary. The 5-year-old boy was in preschool and attended Spin Early Childhood. The school district has grief counselors available to the students at those schools.
Vanwinkle has a criminal history in Colorado and Indiana. In Colorado he pleaded guilty to assault in October 2012 and was sentenced to 18 months in jail. He was released in August 2013.
Vanwinkle is also a registered sex offender from a 2004 conviction of child molestation and vicarious sexual gratification out of Indiana. He is a registered sex offender in Fremont County. We're told he failed to re-register on March 4, 2014. The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says they were in the process of issuing an arrest warrant for Vanwinkle when the triple murder happened. He has to register every quarter.
He currently has a warrant open out of Adams County for a protection order violation.
In Indiana, besides the sex crimes conviction, in a separate case, he was convicted of receiving stolen property. He was sentenced to 841 days. He was released in July of 2011 after serving 361 days. He was released early for good behavior.
In September 2011, a warrant was issued for his arrest for violating parole. He apparently didn't show up for an appointment that was scheduled. He was released again on parole in January 2012. He went off of parole in Indiana in May of 2012.
Vanwinkle had been questioned by police in Indiana three years ago when his roommate was found dead in a home. Detectives found Vanwinkle hiding out in the woods. He admitted to moving his roommate's body and burying it under clothes in the home's attic. A later autopsy revealed the man had died of natural causes and Vanwinkle wasn't charged.
Anyone with information that could help investigators in the triple homicide case is asked to call Canon City police at 719-276-5600.
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