Legal problems mount for Basalt resident
December 30, 2008
ASPEN ” A Basalt man landed in jail for the second time in less than a week after he was picked up on a warrant for an alleged felony check fraud offense.
Aspen police arrested Mark Stephen Michalenko, 42, around 11:20 a.m. Friday at 119 S. Mill St. He was taken to the Pitkin County jail and released on $7,500 bond; Michalenko is set to appear in court Jan. 5 at 10:30 a.m.
If convicted of the crime, he faces up to 18 months in jail, the district attorney’s office said. A fine of up to $100,000 could also be imposed.
Michalenko was also arrested earlier last week for alleged events in Snowmass Village. He was reportedly in an accident in which a woman was injured.
Authorities determined Michalenko apparently did not have insurance at the time of the accident, was driving without a license and under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He also faces a number of other related counts.
Deputy District Attorney Richard Nedlin said at a Dec. 23 advisement hearing before Judge James Boyd that Michalenko has three known prior felonies, including a sexual assault in 1989.
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Nedlin also said Michalenko had committed a felony while out on bail for an incident “almost identical to this case.”
He said given his history, Michalenko was also not eligible for probation and faced a number of years in prison.
The judge set bond at $25,000 in that case. Michalenko was released on bail roughly eight hours after the advisement hearing.