BOULDER — A former University of Colorado football player who was involved in a 1997 riot was sentenced Friday to one year in prison.
Damon Dickey, 28, and a friend broke into the Chi Psi fraternity house May 3, 1997, and damaged items in the house, including a large-screen television and a pool table.
He originally was sentenced to nine months in jail and four years of probation after he pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree assault and criminal mischief. He also was ordered to pay $24,000 in restitution.
Twice — most recently in November — Dickey has walked away from the work-release program that allows inmates to work during the day and spend nights and weekends in jail. He also has failed to pay the ordered restitution.
He pleaded guilty Friday to attempted escape and admitted violating his probation. Prosecutor Debra Welsh terminated the original case, and the county’s collections department will try to obtain the restitution funds.
After he is released from prison, Dickey will spend two years on parole.
“I hope you get this behind you,” Boulder District Judge Daniel Hale told Dickey.
Dickey played defensive back for the Buffaloes in 1995 and 1996 but was suspended from the team for inappropriate behavior.
Victoria Camron can be reached at 303-684-5226, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.