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Drifter gets probation for stabbing ex-lover

ASPEN - New Aspen prosecutor Andrea Bryan wrapped up one of her first felony cases Monday, when a judge placed an Aspen transient on three years of probation and gave him 60 days in county jail for stabbing a woman in the back in August.

However, Marc Altman, 49, won't have to spend any more time behind bars because he was given 170 days of credit for the time he has served since Aspen police arrested him on Aug. 6.

Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols expressed concern for Altman, who's drifted in and out of the local court system because of his transgressions. She noted that his behavior was good from 2003 through 2009, before he got sidetracked.

The victim, Terry Decker, has insisted that Altman did not stab her. She was not in court for Monday's hearing but left a message with The Aspen Times last week claiming that Altman is innocent of the charges.

"Ms. Decker did end up being stabbed," Bryan said. "She denied he did it."

Decker, meanwhile, faces a felony assault charge from last April, when authorities say she struck Altman in the head with a hammer.

As for his August encounter with Decker, Altman was originally charged with attempted first-degree murder by Arnold Mordkin, who was Pitkin County's head prosecutor at the time.

In December, a plea agreement was reached in which Altman pleaded guilty to felony menacing and misdemeanor assault.

Aspen police said that Altman stabbed Decker, his ex-girlfriend, at her Truscott Place apartment unit. Decker, 62, had a mark about 1 inch long "that I believed to be a stab wound that possibly came from a knife," wrote Aspen Police Officer Peter Bauer.

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The Aspen Times Updated Jan 23, 2013 01:00AM Published Jan 23, 2013 12:59AM Copyright 2013 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.