Three beers the limit for intruder
January 16, 2007
Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN A man was arrested on felony burglary charges Monday after allegedly breaking into a house and drinking three beers, then falling asleep in the master bedroom. Aspen police arrested Steven Howard Lee Honett, 58, at an East Hopkins Ave. home after a caretaker noticed lights on inside. According to police, Honett has lived in the area for some time but does not have a home. Police arrived at 10:13 p.m. and spoke to the caretaker, who, according to Officer Leon Murray, said no one should have been in the house. At that time, Honett came to the door to talk with officers, according to police reports. He said a friend had told him it was OK to stay there, but when police asked him the name of the friend, he did not produce an answer. Murray said Honett was originally arrested on suspicion of trespassing, but after police found three empty beers, they changed the charges to misdemeanor theft and felony burglary.On Tuesday, Honett – currently on probation for felony passing of bad checks – was appraised his rights in a district court hearing in Aspen. “I consumed two beers,” Honett yelled, slamming his fist onto the defendant’s table. “The other is full downstairs in the basement.”After numerous such outbreaks, Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely told him he could not speak in court anymore. The burglary charge carries a possible sentence of two to six years in prison and a fine of $2,000 to $500,000. The theft charge has a possible sentence of six months in jail and a fine of $750.