Another teen in Carbondale assault case sentenced
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A 15-year-old girl involved in the Jan. 29 assault and robbery of two woman in Carbondale was sentenced Wednesday to fulfill the remaining 23 days of her 45-day detention, followed by two years of supervised probation and 80 hours of community service.
The girl was the first of three female juvenile suspects to be sentenced for attacking the women, ages 24 and 26, and taking one of their purses as they were walking down Second Street toward downtown Carbondale after dark.
The girls allegedly jumped in a getaway car occupied by four juvenile males and fled. The victims were able to make note of the license plate number, and police located the teens a short time later in the Carbondale City Market parking lot. All were arrested and eventually charged.
One of the women suffered a black eye and several other scratches and marks to her face in the attack. The other woman suffered similar but less-serious injuries.
“The property involved in this case was minimal,” Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey said at Wednesday’s hearing, noting that not much of value was in the purse.
But the assault was very serious and has had a chilling effect on the community as a whole, he said.
“These two women are having continued problems with fear and stress associated with this incident,” Hershey said. “Carbondale is a small, close-knit community where people have felt safe. This case has shattered that.”
The girl who was sentenced Wednesday pleaded guilty in April to counts of robbery, third-degree assault and conspiracy on both charges. Since then, she has also been arrested and charged with shoplifting.
That didn’t sit well with Hershey or Garfield County Court Judge Paul Metzger. Both went along with the recommendation for probation, but warned that this was the girl’s “last chance.”
“I’m not sure you understand how significant this crime was,” Metzger told the girl, who sat with her mother beside her during the sentencing.
“This was an unprovoked attack on two defenseless women, who were very affected by this,” he said. “You are right on the cusp of a direct sentence to the division of youth corrections. And I’m shocked by the fact that there is a new charge.”
One of the juvenile boys involved in the case, also 15, was in court Wednesday as well. A plea offer is in the works, and the case was continued until June 24. In the meantime, he was released from youth detention and will be put on home detention with electronic monitoring for the next two weeks.
Another of the male suspects who was the driver of the getaway car was sentenced May 27 to one year of supervised probation. The remaining four cases are pending.
Juvenile suspects in two Glenwood Springs burglary cases, one earlier this year and another more than a year old, were also in Metzger’s court for sentencing Wednesday.
The second of two 17-year-old suspects was sentenced to two years probation for his part in four burglaries that occurred in the Veltus Park area in March. Another of those suspects was sentenced in April to between one and two years in the Colorado Division of Youth Corrections, and a case against a 15-year-old girl also charged in connection with the burglaries is pending.
Also Wednesday, one of the remaining suspects in a string of break-ins at several Glenwood Springs businesses in fall 2007 was sentenced.
The suspect, who is now over 18 years of age, was sentenced to two years of supervised probation and 20 hours of community service.
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