Aspen man charged with two misdemeanors |

Aspen man charged with two misdemeanors

ASPEN – Deputy District Attorney Richard Nedlin filed two misdemeanor charges Tuesday against an Aspen man who is accused of holding his pregnant girlfriend against her will.

Soren Klanderud, 41, of Aspen was charged with third-degree assault and reckless endangerment. He originally faced felony domestic charges connected to the incident, Assistant District Attorney Arnold Mordkin said.

“We felt it did not rise to the status of a felony filing,” Mordkin said.

Basalt police arrested Klanderud, the son of former Aspen Mayor Helen Klanderud, in May following an alleged domestic dispute.

The alleged victim, who was in the first trimester of her pregnancy, told police that Klanderud held her captive at their Emma Road apartment and poured vodka down her throat, according to a Basalt police affidavit.

Klanderud had a blood-alcohol level of .396 after he was taken into custody, the affidavit says. That’s nearly five times the legal limit. The fetus died afterward.

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