Pritchard Garrett's booking photo.
According to a report
from the Denver Post
, Pritchard Garrett
, the 31-year-old owner of marijuana-delivery service Billygoatgreen MMJ
, was found dead next to his 26-year-old wife Alicia on Aug. 10, according to the Las Animas County Sheriff's office. The man was facing multiple felony counts related to the business.
"An autopsy later determined Pritchard Garrett died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head," writes reporter John Ingold
. "His wife was killed by four shotgun wounds to her body, according to the report."
I've spoken with Garrett about his contentious company more than a handful of times, and e-mailed with his wife. The Indy
was the first
to report the existence of Billygoatgreen — a dubious and sad honor almost from the beginning, considering the Colorado Springs Police Department's Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division stung the company
weeks after. This is what VNI Lt. Mark Comte
had told our newspaper prior to that, though:
"If I show up at your house with less than an ounce of marijuana, I'm 21, you're 21, and I say, 'Hey dude, it cost me 50 bucks in gas to get over here,' and you give me 50 bucks for my gas, there's nothing illegal. I mean, you and I both know what's going on with it, but they know what the loopholes are right now."
Regardless, there was never another road for Garrett.
"It's not that Billygoatgreen is just some gun-toting, drug-dealing organization," he told me in May
. "That's far from the truth. ... I'm doing it because it's the only thing that I've ever loved, and it's the only thing that I'm good at."
When he got in trouble, though, he had to consider his past experience with incarceration. As put by the Post:
Garrett said he feared a conviction in the marijuana case could send him to prison for the rest of his life. He said he had been assaulted by other inmates during his previous prison sentence, and he didn't want to go back.
"I'm scared," he said. "I'm not going to lie."
Whatever Amendment 64
allowed for, or limited possession of, or did or did not do right, I think we can all agree its intent was to curb the kind of police actions that can help generate this shit.