Aspen woman pleads guilty to giving alcohol to minors at Belly Up
August 19, 2017
A local woman caught on surveillance video giving cocktails to her underage daughter and her daughter's friends at a downtown bar earlier this summer pleaded guilty Friday to providing alcohol to a minor.
Wendy Lucas, 56, of Aspen faces as many as 18 months in the Pitkin County Jail for the misdemeanor plea when she is sentenced next month. Lucas, a local real estate broker, was initially charged with felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor, which will now be dismissed based on the plea agreement.
Surveillance video from the Belly Up bar June 7 showed Lucas passing a drink to an underage girl, who took a sip from it then passed it on to Lucas' 17-year-old daughter, according to an affidavit written by an Aspen police officer and filed in Pitkin County District Court.
The drink was then passed to other girls, the affidavit states.
Lucas told police she'd been hiking earlier in the day and had fallen, which caused her lose all memory of the night in question, according to the affidavit. She said she only learned that she'd bought margaritas for her daughter and friends after speaking with her daughter.