Aspen burglary suspect ordered back to mental health facility |

Aspen burglary suspect ordered back to mental health facility

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A man with a history of mental health-related issues was jailed Monday and ordered back to a state hospital, where he is to be held until his next court date in Aspen.

Judge James Boyd made the ruling at the end of a hearing in Pitkin County District Court for Steven Howard Lee Honett, who stands accused of burglarizing an Aspen home in 2007.

“I regret it has come to this point,” Boyd said.

Honett, 60, had been free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond since Dec. 24. One of the conditions of the bond was that Honett was to be back at the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo by Sunday.

The idea was for Honett to be in Pueblo County for a hearing Monday that was to address treatment-related issues for Honett at the institute.

Honett was committed to the institute after he failed a pretrial, court-mandated competency evaluation.

Instead of reporting back to the health institute, Honett decided to attend his hearing in Pitkin County, even though his presence was not mandatory.

He also took the opportunity to address the court. Honett said he hoped to remain free through Wednesday for religious purposes.

“I beg the judge, who has always been kind to me, to let me do it through the seventh,” said Honett, who apparently was referencing the way in which Christmas is reportedly celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

While the judge said he respects various matters of faith, he determined Honett had to return back to Pueblo and ordered him into custody.

Honett was arrested in January 2007, after he allegedly broke into a residence on East Hopkins Avenue and drank three beers, according to Aspen Police Department reports.

A caretaker noticed lights on inside the home and alerted police. When police arrived about 10:15 p.m., Honett came to the door. He said a friend had told him it was fine to stay at the home.

When he was asked to name the friend, Honett could not produce an answer. He was subsequently taken into custody and booked on felony burglary and trespassing charges.

Honett hails from Texas but had lived in the Aspen area for some time.

In other court-related issues, a Basalt man who allegedly violated conditions of his bond in Pitkin County will have a preliminary hearing Feb. 2.

Mark Stephen Michalenko, 42, was arrested Dec. 23 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 was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. He also faces a number of other related counts.

The judge set bond at $25,000 in that case. Michalenko was released on bail a few hours after the advisement hearing. The district attorney’s office contends the Dec. 23 arrest violated the terms of his bond conditions from an earlier case.

Michalenko was arrested again, this time on Dec. 26, for an alleged check-fraud offense. He was released on $7,500 bond. All told, Michalenko faces 15 counts, ranging from check fraud to driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

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