SAGUACHE, Colo. (BRAIN) — A Colorado district judge has sentenced Charles M. Gonzales to two life sentences without parole for the murder of Michael Rust. Rust, was a racer and design pioneer in the early days of mountain biking in Colorado’s high country. He also was once the co-owner of Colorado Cyclery, a bike shop in Salida.
Rust disappeared in 2009 after discovering his home had been burglarized. He called a friend to say he was going to follow some tracks he thought the burglar had left on his property. The case was a mystery until Rust’s remains were found on a nearby ranch in January; Gonzales, who was already in jail on unrelated charges, was arrested for the murder in June.
Judge Jane Tidball sentenced Gonzales to two life sentences without the possibility of parole for first-degree murder without deliberation and first-degree felony murder. She also sentenced him to 12 years for burglary, 18 months for tampering with evidence and 12 months for both theft and abuse of a corpse, to run concurrently.
At a sentencing hearing, Rust’s sister, Mary Anne Crandall, told Tidball, “The time for regret is long past. Charles Gonzales is a gang member …read more