Man gets 150 days for Snowmass beating
ASPEN, Colo. A Carbondale man received a jail sentence of 150 days for beating a man senseless after a free Snowmass concert this summer. Pitkin County District Judge James Boyd sentenced Justino Iglesias Ochoa, 32, on Monday after a plea bargain last month in which Ochoa pleaded guilty to felony menacing. The sentence is 150 days, but Ochoa will serve 120 days on work release.”The facts in this case are simple but disturbing,” assistant district attorney Gail Nichols said. “Out of the blue, Mr. Ochoa hit [Snowmass resident David May]. He fell down, and Mr. Ochoa continued to hit him.”May strenuously objected to the sentencing just as he objected to the plea agreement. May said his injuries – a concussion, broken nose, broken jaw, broken skull, loss of feeling in half his face – would last far longer than the sentence.”I didn’t ask for this to happen,” May said. “I was just going home early and then woke up in the middle of the night surrounded by family from the East Coast.”Ochoa appeared in court well-dressed. May sat a few steps away, next to Nichols at the prosecutor’s table. May said few words, and though Ochoa apologized to him directly, May said after the hearing justice was not adequately served.Alcohol was a major issue in the case. Brad Osborne, director of The Right Door, said Ochoa asked him for help soon after the beating. Osborne said Ochoa had an blood-alcohol level above 0.2 during the night of the assault. “There is not any rationale I can put on this case to minimize or excuse it,” said defense attorney Chip McCrory. “He knows he can’t drink. Period.”Though Ochoa has no prior felonies, he has two DUI convictions, which Boyd noted during the sentencing.Ochoa’s sentence also stipulates four years of intensive supervised probation, which prohibits drugs and alcohol. Ochoa also must pay more than $10,000 in retribution to cover May’s lost work and hospital bills.
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