The Carbondale getaway driver that didn’t get away |

The Carbondale getaway driver that didn’t get away

John Gardner
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” One juvenile who pleaded guilty in connection with the Carbondale assault of two women was sentenced to one year of supervised probation, and other stipulations, Wednesday in Garfield County Court.

He was the first juvenile sentenced regarding the case where four boys and three girls were accused of attacking a 26-year-old and a 24-year-old woman as they walked home in downtown Carbondale on Jan. 29.

The 26-year-old woman suffered a serious black eye, pain and bruising, with several different marks on her face after the three teenage girls allegedly attacked her. The other woman suffered similar injuries.

The boy, who recently graduated from Aspen High School, was determined to be the driver of the getaway vehicle after the assault.

Garfield County Court Judge Paul Metzger also sentenced the boy to 40 hours of community service, a mental health evaluation and counseling if determined necessary by his probation officer. He pleaded guilty to robbery and third-degree assault, and conspiracy charges on both counts, in April. He also pleaded guilty in another unrelated case on charges of felony criminal mischief in an incident where he and another boy vandalized a car by spray painting it and breaking the windshield with a baseball bat.

“There is no excuse for this type of behavior,” said Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey.

Hershey expressed to the boy that this sentencing was an opportunity for him to straighten his life out, and that had he been an adult the sentence could have been much more severe.

Metzger agreed with Hershey saying that the boy’s behavior in these cases did not appear to be consistent with the way he lives his life, and that he would have considered a much more lengthy sentence if the boy had prior criminal incidents.

“I am really sorry about what happened that night,” the boy told Metzger. “What happened that night has really changed my life.”

He added that he knows the events of that night have also changed the victim’s lives, as well.

The boy’s parents apologized to the victims, who were not present, and to the court for their son’s behavior.

“We are really sorry for what happened to these ladies,” said the boy’s father. “We can’t imagine how their lives must have changed because of this.”

The boy’s mother said that she would like to offer to help the victims however she is able.

Another boy charged in connection with the Carbondale assault case also appeared in court Wednesday. It was the first time the boy appeared with counsel. He is scheduled to reappear in June. The other cases in connection with this assault are currently pending.

Three of the six Riverside Middle School students charged in connection with a gang-style initiation that happened at the middle school in New Castle in February, received deferred judgments as part of a plea deal Wednesday. All of the students were under the age of 13 at the time of the assault.

One boy, who pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, received a one-year deferred judgment with supervised probation.

Another boy who pleaded guilty to third-degree assault also received a deferred judgment of nine months. That boy also received a five-day suspension from school over the matter.

The third juvenile to appear in court Wednesday pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit second-degree assault and was sentenced to unsupervised probation and a six-month deferred judgment.

Hershey said that each of the sentences was different because each boy had a different level of involvement. However, even the slightest level of involvement did not diminish the severity of the crime.

Each of the boys received community service, and must abide by other stipulations to successfully complete the deferred judgment. The boys must not commit any other crimes during the deferred period.

If the boys successfully complete the stipulations of the deferred judgment, the cases will be dismissed by the court and the incident will be removed from their record.

The students jumped two teens at the school in an apparent attempt to induct them into a gang, which authorities say the students were trying to form.

Another boy has already pleaded guilty and was sentenced. Two more boys are still awaiting court dates and sentencing.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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