Man gets 30 days for assault at remote Trappers Lake Lodge
An assault at Trappers Lake Lodge last year netted Terry Lee Ethington, 52, of Meeker, a 30-day jail sentence and two years of probation. Police arrested Ethington May 15 at the remote lodge on Trappers Lake east of Meeker, after an altercation with an employee he’d fired that night. He was sentenced last week in 9th District Court in Glenwood Springs.Ethington originally was charged with second-degree assault, a felony.On Feb. 3, a jury found Ethington guilty of a lesser crime of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and acquitted him of two lesser charges, criminal intent and driving with a suspended license.According to the arrest affidavit Ethington, who was the manager of the lodge, went back there on the night of May 15 because of a disturbance caused by Kyle Bauer, an employee of the lodge. Ethington returned to the lodge, confronted Bauer, fired him and ordered him to leave the premises. Some time later, Bauer came to Ethington’s room and demanded he return a pair of binoculars. Ethington went out to his vehicle to look for the binoculars and according to the affidavit, Bauer said they again exchanged words and then “the lights went out.” He said remembered being hit in the face then falling to the ground.In asking 9th District Court Judge James Boyd for a sentence of 60 days in jail, deputy district attorney Jeff Cheney said that since a jury found him guilty of a misdemeanor, that must carry some weight in the sentencing. However, Cheney pointed out that Ethington had been convicted of three previous felonies, one of which was menacing with a deadly weapon, and that too, the judge should take into consideration.Ethington’s court-appointed attorney, public defender Jamie Roth, argued that Bauer was intoxicated that night and started the fight.She said Bauer tried to pull Ethington out of his truck and Ethington hit him in the face with a large flashlight.”Kyle Bauer did suffer serious physical injury. Terry Ethington does have a criminal history. Terry Ethington tried to avoid a confrontation. Usually it’s the defendant is the one who goes looking for trouble; this is not the case (here),” she said in asking the judge to impose a sentence of 10 days in jail and probation.As part of his sentencing stipulations, Ethington must receive anger-management evaluation and treatment and refrain from consuming alcohol and illegal drugs while he’s on probation.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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