Honeycutt to appear on flower pot charges
Accused serial flower pot smasher Bobby Honeycutt is set Thursday to enter a plea in two felony cases open against him.
For a series of assaults against downtown Glenwood Springs’ potted plants on an early July morning he was initially charged with criminal mischief (between $1,000 and $5,000), a class 6 felony; and second-degree criminal tampering and obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors.
In the August, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office added two more counts: criminal mischief (between $5,000 and $20,000), a class 5 felony, and misdemeanor bail violation.
Glenwood Springs police wrote in an affidavit in July that they have nearly nightly contact with Honeycutt, who is currently out on bail.
Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said Friday that his department has seen fewer contacts with Honeycutt over the past few months.
Prosecutors say he damaged the property of 10 downtown businesses or residents as well as property of the city itself. “Officers found nearly every pot and planter overturned and damaged in a multiple-block radius,” police said.
His alleged vendetta against vegetation ranged from Cooper Avenue to Colorado Avenue, and from Seventh Street to Eighth Street. Trash cans in the area were also overturned.
Since then he picked up another felony charge in September after Glenwood Springs police found him with just under a gram of methamphetamine, a scale and numerous plastic bags. He was arrested on a charge of possession with intent to distribute, a class 3 drug felony, but the district attorney later added charges of possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 drug felony, and violation of bond conditions.
In December, Honeycutt was evaluated for competency by the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo, which found him competent for court proceedings, leading to Thursday’s appearance.
Honeycutt’s criminal history in Colorado dates back to a DUI in 1992, and includes more than 30 incidents. Before the flora fiasco in July, he had two arrests in 2015 for such things as trespassing, disorderly conduct, harassment and criminal tampering.
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