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Man arrested in 2023 Loveland SWAT incident sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Lucas Dilley, the man arrested in early 2023 during a SWAT incident in west central Loveland, has been sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison.

Dilley, 34, appeared before 8th District Judge Sarah Cure on Wednesday morning, about a month after he pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class 4 felony; and possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 drug felony for the incident in March 2023. Tuesday’s hearing also dealt with another case in which he was charged with second-degree burglary, a Class 3 felony; and criminal mischief, a Class 1 misdemeanor, which was ultimately dismissed.

Assistant District Attorney Jessica Hitchings said Dilley had a significant criminal history, including domestic violence, leading up to the incident where he tried to confront his girlfriend that led to his arrest in March 2023.

She said that for the case in which he pleaded guilty, Dilley, after getting into an argument with his then-girlfriend Gabrielle Lunceford, had broken into her home by climbing onto a second-floor balcony on March 15, 2023. ( In an unrelated case, Lunceford was sentenced to 13 years in prison in April after pleading guilty to attempted second-degree murder.)

Hitchings said Dilley, while inside the apartment, stole a tablet before leaving when he tried to contact Lunceford, despite her correspondence with police.

Loveland Police Department SWAT teams later arrived at Dilley’s apartment where a negotiator tried to get Dilley to come out, which he initially refused to do. Officers ultimately used “noise and lightning diversion devices” and “chemical munitions” to get Dilley out, according to previously released information.

Hitchings said that once inside Dilley’s residence after the arrest, investigators found both drugs and a firearm.

She added that in the second case, Dilley allegedly went on a “rampage” another day looking for Lunceford, eventually kicking in the door of a hotel room he thought she was in but instead had a family with several children. .

She argued that with Dilley’s criminal history and violation of protective orders, a six-year prison sentence was appropriate.

“Mr Dilley has repeatedly shown a tendency towards violence, particularly towards partners and specifically towards Lunceford,” she said.

Matthew Morris, Dilley’s attorney, argued that the context behind the incident provided more information about where Dilley was mentally at the time, including that he suffers from bipolar disorder as well as PTSD.

However, he said that is not an excuse for what happened and that Dilley admits that what he did was wrong.

“He’s here to take responsibility for it,” he said.

Morris argued that Lunceford played a role in the toxic relationship the two shared, pointing to the severity of the charge for which she is now serving a prison sentence.

“It wasn’t good for either of them, and it certainly wasn’t good for them in the relationship,” he said.

Speaking on his own behalf, Dilley said he is working to move on in his life and is taking responsibility for his actions in this incident and in the past. He said he has since embarked on a mental health journey that includes the use of several supplements for his diagnoses.

He added that he has a great family support system, members of which were in court during the sentencing, and he wants to get better and not let himself fall anymore.

“I choose better because I deserve better,” he said. “My apology to the community and the court.”

Cure said she recognized Dilley’s actions were likely the culmination of substance abuse, a traumatic upbringing and untreated mental health issues, but said his “significant” criminal history reflected a “safety issue for the community.”

She ultimately sentenced him to 4 1/2 years in the Department of Corrections for the burglary charge and two years for the controlled substance charge to be served concurrently. The sentence included three years of mandatory parole with Cure acknowledging 272 days of credit for time served.

The burglary and criminal mischief case was dropped as part of the plea deal.

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