Wolff pleads guilty to parole violation | PostIndependent.com

Wolff pleads guilty to parole violation

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Michael Wolff, the Texas man who crashed into a group of children while snowboarding drunk in 2003, pleaded guilty Thursday to violating his probation in that case. Wolff, 21, of Killeen, Texas, admitted to violating four conditions of his probation. Ninth District Judge James Boyd said the four violations were failure to notify the probation department when he changed his address, failure to report to his probation officer, failure to seek or maintain employment and failure to finish a substance abuse program. “I’m in direct violation of the conditions of my probation,” Wolff said.

Wolff admitted to the violations after he and his attorney, public defender Jamie Roth, agreed to a plea deal with prosecutor Jim Wilson. Details of the deal were not immediately available Thursday. Wolff faces sentencing July 8. According to state law, Wolff could receive up to six years in prison, but Wilson told Boyd the plea deal involves a Community Corrections sentence. Community Corrections is an alternative to state prison that is sometimes offered to nonviolent offenders. It provides 24-hour supervision, day reporting services, urine testing, and employment assistance. Offenders are allowed access to the community through monitoring of their location while on pass, at work, or attending treatment programs, the Community Corrections Web site said. Wolff was convicted in August, 2003, of getting drunk and crashing his snowboard into a group of young girls who were taking a ski lesson at Sunlight Mountain Resort. The crash happened on March 15, 2003.

What led to thisAfter his conviction, Wolff was mandated to take an alcohol treatment program. He was kicked out of the program before completing it, so a nationwide warrant was issued for his arrest. He was found April 10 at Chambersburg Hospital in Chambersburg, Pa., and arrested on the warrant. According to Pennsylvania authorities, Wolff was nabbed during the morning of April 10 after he was assaulted and taken to the hospital for his injuries. He reportedly was “uncooperative” and gave hospital administrators false names, prompting them to call police.

Once he was treated for his injuries, Wolff was sent to in Franklin County (Pa.) Jail and subsequently extradited back to Garfield County.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com

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