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updated: 3/12/2014 8:52 AM

Colorado triple slaying suspect is Indiana sex offender

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CANON CITY, Colo. -- A man accused of killing a mother and her two young children and sexually assaulting her daughter in Colorado has a violent criminal past that includes child molestation and spans at least a decade.

Thirty-one-year-old Jaacob Vanwinkle was sentenced in 2004 to seven years in prison in Indiana after being convicted of child molestation and other sex crimes involving at least one 7-year-old girl. He served less than two years and was in and out of prison for violating parole.

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Vanwinkle was released in 2012. Less than two months later, police in Colorado say his pregnant ex-girlfriend told he beat her. Vanwinkle pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of domestic violence in and was sentenced to 18 months in jail.

He was arrested in the triple slaying in Canon City on Sunday.

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