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Teen charged in Rifle High assault is advised a second time

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The teenage girl accused of second-degree assault after a Rifle High School fight appeared in court and was advised of the charge against her a second time.The girl’s mother didn’t appear the first time, and has to travel from New Mexico for each court date. Her sister appeared at the last hearing but there was question as to whether or not her sister was actually a legal guardian. That was a point of concern and Judge Paul Metzger had ordered that her mother must be present. The girl’s mother appeared Wednesday so the advisement was done a second time to ensure her mother’s understanding of the proceedings.Metzger explained possible penalties if the girl were to plead guilty or be convicted, including the possibility of a prison sentence of up to two years.”We’re not going to ask for a lawyer,” the mother said through a Spanish interpreter. She indicated she would like to communicate directly with Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey to see if some agreement could be reached.The girl, who fought with John and Alice Kuersten’s daughter on Feb. 23, is living with her sister. The incident became highly publicized, with people raising questions about racial tension in the school and the community. The Kuerstens and others criticized the school’s handling of the incident. Their daughter is being home-schooled and the other girl was expelled.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO


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