The Dougherty Gang pleaded guilty to various charges against them and were sentenced at the Huerfano County Courthouse Monday morning. Dylan was sentenced first. He was sentenced to 32 years.
"I never tried to hurt anybody," said a teary-eyed Dylan Dougherty - one of the three siblings being sentenced to 32 years on Monday in the Huerfano County jail.
"Contrary to people's belief, I never tried to hurt anyone. It's true, I had desperation. I'm sorry for the choices I've made," Dougherty said to the judge, while trying to maintain composure, as he cried and wiped tears from his face.
He was dressed in a yellow jumpsuit, his hair pulled back in a ponytail.
"I wish I had done things differently," Dougherty said, "Not sure what I would've done differently. Actions I did take were not my character."
The prosecution described the three-state crime spree in detail. Assistant District Attorney Clay McKisson told the court Dylan Dougherty was the "trigger man". He fired, "not once or twice, but 11 times that we know of at the troopers chasing him, without regard for the lives of the officers."
Dougherty also tried to escape from the Huerfano County jail.
"What we see is sustained effort on behalf of [Dylan Dougherty] to escape capture by whatever means necessary. Whatever the cost of human life might be," McKisson told the court.
A metal shank was also found in Dougherty's cell.
Lee Grace pleaded guilty to one count of attempted first-degree assault and two counts of felony menacing - all of which are felonies.
An almost cheerful and smiling Lee Grace Dougherty
appeared in the Huerfano County Courthouse for her sentencing Monday morning. She was sentenced to 24 years.
Dougherty, with a new bob-like haircut, in the yellow jumpsuit looked around the courtroom, waved and smiled at people she knew in the courtroom.
Lee Grace is the older sister of Dylan and Ryan Dougherty.
"I would like to again take this opportunity to apologize for my actions," said Lee Grace Dougherty when she addressed the court - crying. "My motivation behind my decision was to protect my younger brother. He's not only my brother, but my best friend."
"I didn't set out to harm anyone. My only thought was to get my brother to another country and help him start another life."
Ryan Dougherty was facing up to 15 years in prison for violating his probation in Florida.
"I could say it was a momentary lapse in judgment, but 10 days is not a momentary lapse of judgment," Dougherty said.
She apologized to a number of law-enforcement officers, including Walsenburg Police Chief James Chamberlain, who she pointed a gun at before Chief Chamberlain shot her, slightly injuring Dougherty.
"I've come to accept the time I will spend in prison," Dougherty said.
She promised to use her time wisely and plans to study forensic pathology and some day work in the coroner's office.
Ryan faced 20 years but was sentenced to 18 years.
"I'm generally remorseful. I'm sorry for my brother [who] will be 60 when he gets out," Ryan Dougherty said. "I'm sorry for my wife and son. There is much more I wish I could say as of now I have pending cases in other places."
"'All he did is drive the car,' is not an excuse," said Huerfano County District Attorney Frank Ruybalid of the third defendant being sentenced in the Dougherty Gang case. Ryan Dougherty was the last one to be sentenced for his role in the armed heist that started in Florida, went through Georgia and ended in Walsenburg. His older sister and brother are also facing charges in Florida for shooting at a police officer there while trying to get away and in Georgia, where they robbed a bank.
"Ryan Dougherty is somebody who should've known better," Ruybalid said.
Judge Appel called Ryan "the classic getaway driver."
"Just as I told your brother and sister, you're not getting sentenced because you're a horrible person," the judge said. "You enabled all of this to happened, it's because of you it happened."
"Even though it's a long time, I hope you can make the best of it," the judge said.