Glenwood juvenile burglar pleads guilty |

Glenwood juvenile burglar pleads guilty

John Gardner
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Garfield County Court Judge Paul Metzger sentenced a 17-year-old to between 12 and 24 months in the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections Wednesday for his part in four burglaries in the Veltus Park area in March.

The juvenile pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit burglary and another count of probation violation in an unrelated case.

Assistant District Attorney Tony Hershey said that he hopes this sends a message to the youth in the 9th Judicial District that this type of behavior will be met with appropriate consequences.

“I hope this sends a message to the youth in this county, in Pitkin County, and in Rio Blanco County, that this behavior is not appropriate and, even though this is juvenile court, this is not a slap on the wrist,” Hershey said.

Another 17-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl charged in connection with the burglaries, also appeared in court Wednesday.

The boy also pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and one count of trespassing and will be sentenced on June 10. He was released from custody and was placed on electronic home detention until then.

The girl, who was on home detention, had the contract revoked on April 19 by YouthZone and was sent to Grand Mesa Youth Detention Center in Grand Junction for testing positive for marijuana in four-out-of-five drug screens. Metzger ordered her to remain in detention until her next court appearance.

Judge Metzger allowed one victim of the burglaries, Trudy Milcan, 79, to speak to the juveniles. He said that hearing from the people they harmed with their crimes usually has more of an affect on them than hearing it from the police or the court.

Milcan, who grew up in Germany and fled her home county during World War II spoke with a thick accent.

“You don’t know what kind of opportunities you have,” Milcan said. “I am not angry with you, I just wish you take the opportunity and turn you life around. Make something of yourselves.”

Hershey brought up the fact that in each of the burglaries the consequences could have been much more severe because, the state of Colorado allows people to defend their homes from intruders with the use of deadly force.

“When you break into homes, that is a possibility,” he said.

More guilty pleas in Carbondale assault

Three of the juveniles involved in the assault of two women in Carbondale in January appeared in court.

A 15-year-old girl involved in the assault pleaded guilty to counts of robbery, third-degree assault, and conspiracy charges on both counts. Sentencing was set for early June.

Two of the juvenile boys were appointed alternate council by Judge Metzger, because one of the other remaining defendants is already represented by the public defenders office.

The first of the male defendants to plead guilty in connection to the assault did so on April 8. The male juvenile also pleaded guilty to counts of robbery, third-degree assault, and conspiracy to both charges.

Three girls and four boys are accused of conspiring to attack and rob two Carbondale women in January. The three girls are accused of attacking the two women as the boys waited in a car.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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