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Pueblo man allegedly shoots two men, killing one, all while out on parole

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- While on parole, a Pueblo man was allegedly responsible for two shootings, one of which was fatal. Court documents obtained by KRDO show that 31-year-old Nicholas Tumblin was able to avoid jail time after numerous arrests.

According to court documents, Tumblin was arrested in 2014 in El Paso County for prohibited use of a weapon. He was later arrested in 2017 in Fremont County for the distribution of a controlled substance.

His most recent arrest was just a little more than two weeks before the shootings. On September 13, Tumblin was arrested for a parole violation, a charge that typically results in 180 days or six months in jail, according to Colorado Springs lawyer Jeremy Loew.

However, according to the arrest affidavit, Tumblin was released from a Pueblo County Jail on September 24, just 11 days after the arrest.

On October 1, Tumblin allegedly shot and killed 36-year-old Eric Trujillo on 3rd St. near downtown Pueblo. An hour and 47 minutes later, he allegedly shot the owner of Sancho's Bar and Grill, Adam Niederstadt.

"This guy gets out and then 11 days he is back out on the streets and he shoots me and kills another guy," Niederstadt said. "With parole, they need to tighten up their ship, because it is not what it used to be. Might as well not even have parole."

Neiderstadt was rushed to the hospital that morning and was in critical condition. Since then, he has been released from the hospital.

"I had died twice. I wake up out of a coma for two days. I woke up and they tell me sign your life right here, you've got twenty percent chance of living, and eighty percent chance of dying," he said.

Now, many are left asking why Tumblin was released only 11 days after a parole violation arrest.

"It's very unusual for someone to be released after only 11 days. Parole has the ability to hold somebody for the remainder of their parole, so if someone commits a new offense or they abscond, usually they are put on what is called a parole hold," Jeremy Loew said.

For victims like Niederstadt, he is upset that a repeat offender can be back out on the streets.

"Parole is to help people get adjusted to society you know what I mean, and they are not helping these guys by just turning them loose again."

Tumblin is currently being held in the Pueblo County Jail on a one-million-dollar bond after the U.S. Marshals Service found and arrested him in Raton, New Mexico on October 6.

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Sean Rice

Sean is a reporter based out of Pueblo for KRDO. Learn more about him here.



    1. It all the defund the police and keeping someone in jail is a civil rights crime…… They have been releasing more people now than ever because of the new criminals are victims movement.

      1. Is that really the cause? Having worked in the industry, I would believe that this is more appropriately showing the failure of a system where reducing recidivism is not a priority by providing adequate rehabilitation to reintegrate a former convict back into society.
        How can a justice system believe a window of time p@ssing is what causes a former convict to be “released as time served”. All this methodology provides is a “timeout”. So our core minimum / maximum sentencing timeframe is the first dilemma. The p@ssage of time should not be the determining factor as to reintegration into society, but proper counseling, education and showing a change in pattern criminal behavior should be the determining factors.
        But we cannot address the first mentioned without also mentioning why our justice system is time based and not proper reintegration / rehabilitation based. We have to discuss that the entire justice system is “for profit”. From probation, to the fines and fees, to the cost of housing in private and government prisons and jails, it is all profit based. Additionally, because it is “for profit”, when a former convict has killed their number they have, in the eyes of the law, completed their reintegration back into society. But have they? They still have to repay all the monies owed, and attempt to restart their lives from leaving prison to starting new on the outside of the world. Additionally, they now have to list on their job applications that they were a convict for 7-10 years. Not a whole lot of job industries hire prior convicts, so their ability to meet their newly acquired financial obligations. So they typically work in construction, food service, or manual labor; jobs that don’t pay very well comparatively speaking to the rest of the entire industry. Yet their financial obligations are often higher than others. So when a prior convict comes out and wants to be free from the government yolk of all the fines and fees they struggle finding a job to meet the financial requirements to financially pay their debt. So they often times go back to criminal activities because it can pay the bills and the fines and fees. It is this dilemma that keeps the recidivism rate as astronomically high as America ranks.
        Police should not be defunded, if anything they need more money for better, more regularly scheduled training, and they also need counseling to @ssist themselves from the calls they go to day in and day out. That amount of continuous trauma with no counseling only leads to burnout. The problem with this is again how does “The People” get the money to fund these types of programs without having the elected politicians and administrators misappropriating the funds? Clearly right now that does not seem possible, even if it were specifically ear-marked for this specific usage, all my experiences with working with elected officials and department administrators is even if it were specifically ear-marked, they would simply rob another section that isn’t ear-marked and would use it to fund their special interest project(s). Sorry for the long-winded response, but the problem is far larger than just this recent influx of support to defund the police. We have to ask why our Justice system has failed so many of our fellow Americans and how it can be done better than it currently is being done.

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