Durango man gets 25-year prison term for violent sex crime

A Durango man who was accused of kidnapping and raping a woman was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison.

Jason Hansen, 42, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and attempted sexual assault in a plea agreement with the 6th District Attorney’s Office.

He sought to withdraw his guilty pleas Wednesday, but District Judge Jeffrey Wilson said it was too late – the sentencing hearing would go forward, and if Hansen wants to file a motion to try to reverse his guilty pleas, he will have to do so at a later date.

He was given the maximum prison term allowed under terms of the plea agreement.

Wilson called it an “extremely violent offense.”

He said: “You appear to be in complete denial as to what happened.”

Wilson also found Hansen to be a “sexually violent predator,” a legal distinction that requires Hansen to register as a sex offender upon release. Under current state law, a community meeting will be held to advise neighbors of his presence wherever he lives.

Hansen was accused of forcing a woman into her apartment at knifepoint, punching her repeatedly, ordering her to cook steaks and hitting her when they didn’t turn out the way he wanted them, according to an arrest affidavit. He then ordered her to take a shower and sexually assaulted her, according to the affidavit.

The incident occurred in April 2011 in Durango.

The woman had a no-contact restraining order against Hansen at the time.

She spoke by telephone during Wednesday’s sentencing hearing.

“I don’t want him to have the chance to ever do this to anyone else,” she said. “I still have nightmares.”

Hansen has three previous felony convictions, two for trespassing and one for distribution of a controlled substance. He also has a previous domestic-violence case.

Durango public defender Justin Bogan said Hansen has had time to reflect about how he got to where he is today and is beginning to explore his mental-health issues.

“He comes to court with a heavy heart,” Bogan said. “He wants to get better.”

Deputy District Attorney Brian Imel said Hansen has a high risk of reoffending. He urged Wilson to impose the maximum sentence allowed under the plea agreement.

shane@durangoherald.com