Former Aspen postal worker faces deportation
January 5, 2016
While former Aspen postal worker Mauro Pennini still faces misdemeanor weapons and harassment charges in Pitkin County, he will probably not return to town before he is deported, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
If that happens, the charges of possession of illegal weapons and violation of a protection order probably would be dismissed, said Assistant District Attorney Emily Nation.
"We want to wait and see how the (deportation) proceedings play out," she said. "The victim (in Aspen) is more comfortable and most interested in him being deported."
Pennini pleaded guilty in September in federal court to felony possession of a handgun when he was directed not to under a court order, and faced up to 10 years in prison. However, he was sentenced to 210 days in jail Monday in Grand Junction, which was the time he has already served since his June arrest in Aspen, said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver.
After the sentencing, Pennini, a British national, was served with a deportation notice from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department, Dorschner said. If state authorities want him to come to Pitkin County to face the charges against him, they would have to file a writ, he said.
If no writ is filed, he will simply be deported, he said. Pennini agreed not to fight deportation as part of his plea agreement.
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Nation said she didn't want to spend the resources transporting him to Pitkin County, so she doesn't plan to file the writ. Pennini is currently at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department facility in Denver, Nation said.
Pennini was arrested by Aspen police at the Aspen post office June 8 after a family member reported he texted her in violation of a protection order. After he was arrested, Pennini, who suffers from panic disorder, asked officers to retrieve his medication from his backpack.
An officer discovered a loaded 9mm handgun in the backpack as well as three folding knives, a multipurpose tool, two sets of handcuffs and two magazines loaded with 14 rounds of ammunition each. They also found a switchblade on him.
The protection order forbid Pennini from possessing weapons.
At Pennini's plea hearing in September, a federal prosecutor said Pennini had been target shooting at a Basalt shooting range the day before his arrest and forgot to remove the 9mm when he went to work the next day.