After squandering chances, man facing prison
After receiving numerous chances during the past few years, a 45-year-old man with an extensive criminal history is likely facing between one and three years in prison, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Taylor Colton, who in past years has called himself a magazine publisher, has a “tortured history” with the Aspen District Court that includes numerous instances of failing to appear, failing to report to his probation officer and failure to pay fines, said Deputy District Attorney Andrea Bryan.
“Being on probation did nothing to ensure that he appear in court,” Bryan said.
Colton was convicted of felony trespassing in 2012. He was given a deferred judgment in that case, Bryan said. But he was given another two years of probation in October 2014 for violating his probation and required to participate in the Aspen District Court’s Wellness Program.
The Wellness Program aims to help nonviolent offenders with mental-health issues.
Colton was arrested for three felony charges in February 2015, including identity theft, fraud and forgery for allegedly using someone else’s credit card without permission.
Colton’s latest troubles began in December when he failed to provide drug and alcohol test results between Dec. 4 and 10, Bryan said. He also failed to show up to Wellness Court on Dec. 14 and hasn’t reported to his probation officer since Dec. 15, she said.
“He just took off,” Bryan said.
Police arrested him in Las Vegas earlier this month, she said.
Colton told District Judge Chris Seldin on Wednesday that someone broke into his car and stole his “soberlink,” which allows him to be tested for alcohol and drugs remotely. He said he was trying to visit his daughter in Las Vegas when he was arrested.
He also complained that jail officials were not allowing him to take medication for bipolar and ADHD disorders.
“I feel like I’m not getting a fair shake,” Colton said.
Pitkin County Jail Director Don Bird told the judge jail officials are working on getting Colton meds and that they “always go through this little drama until we can stabilize Mr. Colton.”
Seldin granted Bryan’s request and ordered Colton held in lieu of a $50,000 cash-only bond. Bryan said he now faces a one to three year prison sentence for the 2012 trespassing conviction.
Colton planned to publish a local Aspen magazine called “Aspen Moxie” in spring 2011. However, in the fall of 2011, local business owners claimed Colton duped them out of thousands of dollars paid for advertisements in the magazine.
Aspen Moxie was never published, though Colton was never charged with any crimes associated with it.
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