Court news: Late-night shenanigans in Aspen costly for some
January 20, 2012
ASPEN – Finbarr’s Irish Pub is riding a wave of popularity these days with the Aspen night crowd. Its artwork apparently is popular, as well.
Preston Kerns pleaded guilty Wednesday in Aspen Municipal Court to swiping a Guinness painting – with an estimated value of $250 – from the tavern’s wall on Jan. 4.
“It’s unlike my character to do stuff like this,” Kerns, 26, told Judge Brooke Peterson.
Peterson ordered Kerns to pay $185 in court costs and gave him a one-year deferred sentence. Kerns admitted to having a “few beers” the night he took the painting.
Security video from the Hyman Avenue bar and restaurant showed Kerns taking the framed painting from the wall at 11:17 p.m. and “hiding it behind his female companion’s back before wrapping it in his coat,” a police report said.
The pair left the bar shortly after midnight along with the painting.
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The next day, police contact Kerns, who admitted to taking it. He returned the painting to police and apologized. Police didn’t cite the woman as an accomplice.
In other court activity:
• Wilson Patton, 27, of Aspen, was given a six-month deferred judgment after he pleaded guilty to trespassing at the Regal Watering Hole. Peterson also ordered him to pay $75 in court costs.
“I apologize,” Patton said. “I was overserved and should have left.”
Police arrested him Sunday after a bouncer had difficulty getting him out of the club. Patton apparently was having fun with another friend, cracking jokes, acting silly and not producing his identification to officers when they asked for it, according to a police report.
Police, apparently frustrated that Patton would not discuss the disturbance that Regal employees had alleged against him and his friend, placed him in handcuffs and took him to jail.
“Throughout this incident Patton and (his friend) were disrespectful, uncooperative and rude,” police wrote.
Patton’s friend, Jonathan Georgor, 27, also was arrested on suspicion of trespassing. While at the Pitkin County Jail, the two were disrespectful and mocked a deputy, police said.
• Peterson also gave Seth Pierce a six-month deferred judgment after the 25-year-old pleaded no contest to trespassing. In an incident unrelated to Patton’s, Pierce also was arrested at the Regal on Sunday. Pierce also refused to leave, and when police tried to get him out, he called Pitkin County dispatch twice to complain.
It didn’t work, and he was cited and taken into custody.