Aspen developer Hecht agrees to plea deal that offers probation, sobriety |

Aspen developer Hecht agrees to plea deal that offers probation, sobriety

An Aspen developer and hedge fund manager pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony stemming from a December 2020 drug-fueled incident involving a gun at a relative’s home.

Nikos Hecht, however, will have a chance to wipe the felony conviction from his record if he stays sober and out of trouble while serving 30 months of supervised probation, according to his plea deal from the District Attorney’s Office.

“His behavior was really pretty terrifying,” prosecutor Don Nottingham said. “He showed up with a gun (while) extremely intoxicated. He was wearing only boxer shorts. Our main concern is that Mr. Hecht get a handle on his substance abuse issues.”

Hecht, 51, pleaded guilty to felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor DUI. He could have faced up to three years in prison for the felony guilty plea.

The pleas stemmed from an incident that occurred Dec. 17, 2020 when Hecht drove his Range Rover to a relative’s home in the Aspen area, crashed into another car parked in the driveway and began banging on the front windows while holding a black Beretta handgun, according to police reports. A Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy said that despite a temperature around 25 degrees, Hecht did not appear cold while wearing only underwear.

Hecht told police he consumed alcohol, marijuana and cocaine a half-hour before driving to the home, and deputies observed “white crusty residue under his nose,” according to a police report.

Abe Hutt, a Denver-based lawyer representing Hecht’s ex-wife, said Tuesday that the main concern is Hecht remaining “clean and sober” and that his ex-wife wanted his sentence to include monitored sobriety. Hecht tried to remain clean during a visit with his three children in California last summer but could not, which led to “very unnecessary drama and trauma to his kids,” Hutt said.

In his statement to the court, Hecht chastised Hutt for the allegation, saying he’d never had a dirty drug test.

“That’s totally inappropriate,” Hecht said. “I can’t believe what I just heard it.”

During the 30 months of probation, Hecht must remain sober — he cannot utilize his medical marijuana card — undergo random urine tests and take evaluations for substance and alcohol abuse, mental health and domestic violence, said District Judge Chris Seldin. He will also have to serve 67 hours of community service.


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