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Joe Tumpkin’s Ex Granted Extension to File Response to Plea Motions

January 11, 2019
Former University of Colorado assistant football coach Joe Tumpkin, center, walks into a courtroom with his attorney Jon Banashek in December in Broomfield.

The ex-girlfriend of former University of Colorado coach Joe Tumpkin was granted an extension by a judge to file her response to attorney motions in support of a misdemeanor plea deal in Tumpkin’s domestic violence case.

Tumpkin, 47, was charged with five counts of second-degree assault and three counts of third-degree assault, but prosecutors have offered him a deal in which Tumpkin would plead guilty to one count of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

But after Pamela Fine, Tumpkin’s ex-girlfriend and the named victim in the case, objected to the plea bargain , Broomfield Judge Michael Goodbee asked both prosecutors and defense attorneys to file motions explaining the deal .

Defense attorneys filed their motion in late December . Any motion filed by prosecutors has not been made available to the public by the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office or the Broomfield courts.

The Broomfield courts said Fine, who Goodbee said would be sent a copy of the motions and be given a chance to respond, was granted an extension this week to file her own response to the motions, the Broomfield clerk’s office said.

Fine will now have until the end of the day today to submit a response.

Goodbee will then issue a written ruling on whether he will accept the plea deal or not, though he did not set a timeline for when he would issue such a ruling. Tumpkin is currently set for a hearing on Feb. 1 that will be a disposition hearing if Goodbee accepts the plea deal or a preliminary hearing if he rejects it.

According to an arrest affidavit, Fine told police Tumpkin assaulted her more than 100 times between February 2015 and November 2016 while they were dating.

Tumpkin was forced to resign from CU after the allegations became public.

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