DA Dismisses Charges Against Veteran Cory Hixson
Published on April 25, 2017
GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – Today, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke announced he has dismissed charges against Marine veteran Cory Hixson.
In lieu of those charges, Hixson has been accepted into the district attorney's diversion program, which will give him access to additional resources to help his ongoing needs.
“Cory made it clear from the first time we spoke that he wanted to take responsibility and correct his wrong,” Rourke said. “Diversion will afford him the opportunity to get him the help he needs and make amends through community service.”
As part of diversion, Cory has agreed to perform 10 hours of community service at the victim's home, participate in a safety plan to prepare him for possible PTSD events, check-in monthly with diversion officers and continue medical treatment at his local V.A. clinic.
Upon successful completion of the program, Cory's record will be sealed.
“Veterans, like Cory, have provided a service to this country that we can never repay, but where we can, it's a must,” Rourke continued. “When veterans living with PTSD enter the criminal justice system, we owe it to them to take the time to understand what went wrong. In Cory's case, it's clear the V.A. system failed him. He deserves better. His family deserves better.”
The Weld County District Attorney's Office Diversion program gives a “second chance” to an offender who commits a relatively minor criminal offense. Most often, cases referred to the program are a misdemeanor level offense, but some felony offenses are suitable for consideration. The District Attorney holds the right to deny an individual from entry into the program.