A drunk Binkiewicz, 42, shot Ronald Horton, 35, in the jaw back in November, 2015
A jury found him guilty of two counts of felonious assault and one count of attempted murder
Jason Binkiewicz jumped to his death out of a courthouse window when he was sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday.
Jason Binkiewicz, 42, broke free from officials ushering him out of the Jefferson County courtroom Friday morning after his sentencing hearing.
The attempted murderer fell from the third floor and died.
Jason Binkiewicz had been charged with the attempted murder of 35-year-old Ronald Horton in the chest back in November, 2015, just outside his home.
It’s not clear how he was able to escape from the guards’ grasp.
Binkiewicz was found guilty earlier this year for a November 2015 shooting in Newtown. Police said he was drunk when he went to Ronald Horton’s home and shot the man in his jaw.
Horton said Binkiewicz opened fire for no reason, while defense attorneys insisted the shooting stemmed from a drug deal. Binkiewicz had gone to Horton’s home to buy heroin and crack cocaine, he told police, and fired on Horton because only the homeowner shot at him.
Horton admitted to using drugs, but said he never sold any of them and did not try to shoot Binkiewicz. The bullet entered his jaw below his lower lip, fracturing his jaw and breaking his teeth. He said the bullet is lodged close to his spine and can’t be removed because of the risk of paralysis.
Binkiewicz fled the scene with a friend, Kevin Dalpiaz , who was waiting outside. He was arrested and charged with attempted murder and felony assault.
On the stand, Dalpiaz said Binkiewicz showed up at his residence and Binkiewicz had a .22-caliber revolver in the waistband of his pants. Binkiewicz asked Horton to drive him to a location because Binkiewicz said he was drunk, according to Dalpiaz. Dalpiaz said Binkiewicz told him to drive to Newtown to Horton’s house and Dalpiaz said he waited in the driveway while Binkiewicz went into the home. He said Binkiewicz came outside and said someone just shot at him. Dalpiaz said about two hours later. Binkiewicz called him and said he had lied about being shot at and that he had shot someone.
Binkiewicz entered an initial plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.
His plea was challanged by prosecutor Jane Hanlin, who scharacterized the plea as a trend in recent years, very difficult to win on because the defense would have to prove that Binkiewicz did not know the difference between right and wrong at the time of the shooting.
She stated that Binkiewicz “Shot an individual for as far as we can see, no reason whatsoever. In the state’s opinion has no justifiable means for his conduct whatsoever. He’s someone whose been known to the south end of the county, has been problematic in the past”.
A jury found Binkiewicz guilty of two counts of felonious assault and one count of attempted murder, all with a firearm specificatio