Aspen attack results in prison time
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” A district judge sentenced a local man Monday to 30 months in state prison in connection with three felony convictions.
The sentencing of Kevin A. Gibson, 39, stemmed from a June 9 incident in which he illegally entered a home in the North Forty neighborhood, located just west of Aspen, and assaulted a woman who lived there.
Gibson also was sentenced for an unrelated incident in February when he was caught cutting cocaine in a bathroom at Bentley’s at the Wheeler, a downtown bar in Aspen.
He was convicted of first-degree criminal trespassing, for which he was sentenced to 30 months in prison; third-degree assault with domestic violence, which carried a nine-month sentence; and possession of less than 1 gram of cocaine, resulting in a one-year term. The sentences will be served concurrently.
Monday’s sentencing hearing in Pitkin County District Court began with defense attorney Lauren Maytin showing anger over the pre-sentence report issued by the probation department.
Maytin claimed there were 17 specific errors in the report, but District Judge James Boyd denied her request for two more months before sentencing. Boyd reasoned that there often are disagreements about the information contained in the reports.
In any case, authorities say on the night of the June 9, Gibson illegally entered a home in the North Forty neighborhood and struck resident Caroline Pittman in the face.
Pittman then ran next door to seek shelter with a neighbor, Ted King. Police said Gibson followed her, broke down the door and assaulted King. Nichols said witnesses watched Gibson kicked King, as King called for help.
Police arrested Gibson on the scene, and in February he pleaded guilty to the first-degree criminal trespass and third-degree assault. Some 12 hours after the guilty plea, he was caught cutting cocaine lines in a bathroom in Bentley’s.
Gibson did not apologize at the hearing, instead insisting that he did not hit Pittman.
“I never hit Caroline,” Gibson said. “If I strike someone, they would know it, the police would know it.”
Judge Boyd admonished Gibson for the comment, reminding him that there were injuries and victims in the crimes.
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