Aspen man faces 18 months to 61⁄2 years in deal with prosecutors |

Aspen man faces 18 months to 61⁄2 years in deal with prosecutors

ASPEN – Aspen resident Devin Schutter is close to striking a plea deal with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office that would put him behind bars for up to 61⁄2 years.

Schutter, 32, has a lengthy criminal record in Pitkin County that includes charges ranging from drug distribution to parole violation and theft. All told, more than 20 criminal cases have been filed against Schutter in Colorado since 1998, according to public records.

Terms of a tentative resolution were revealed Monday during a conference call involving Schutter, his attorney Kevin McGreevy of Denver, prosecutor Arnold Mordkin and District Judge James Boyd.

Schutter agreed to admit to two counts of probation violation along with one guilty plea to a misdemeanor assault. In return, the prosecution plans to drop misdemeanor counts of assault from 2003 and 2008 against Shutter.

As part of the deal, Schutter could spend as little as 18 months in state prison for the convictions. He’s due back in court Sept. 22 for a formal arraignment.

Schutter still has pending criminal cases in other Colorado counties, including accusations of distribution of a Schedule I controlled substance in Fremont County. That charge is connected to an alleged prison drug-distribution ring he ran with his brother, Stefan, an inmate at Four Mile Correctional Facility in Canon City who was a participant in the 1999 crime spree in Aspen.

Devin Schutter was arrested in November 2009 on the Fremont County count, spurring Pitkin County prosecutors to charge him with probation violation from a previous case.

He got a big break in March, however, when the Colorado Supreme Court upheld Judge Boyd’s order that Aspen police illegally collected incriminating evidence from his cell phone in 2009.

The high court’s ruling prompted Mordkin to drop separate felony charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of more than 1 gram of cocaine, and two petty counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

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