Aspen man gets 21 months for DUI offenses |

Aspen man gets 21 months for DUI offenses

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” An Aspen man was sentenced to 640 days in jail Tuesday for driving under the influence of alcohol on more than one occasion.

Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely imposed the sentence on Paul Britvar at an afternoon hearing in Pitkin County Court.

“This court is not willing to give you any more chances,” Fernandez-Ely told Britvar immediately before she issued the order.

Britvar, 49, was sentenced to 275 days in the Pitkin County jail for a 2004 driving under the influence conviction. He had been on probation in that case but the judge revoked it, and ordered jail time.

The judge also sentenced Britvar to 365 days in jail for a 2008 offense in which he was also guilty of DUI. The sentences are to be served consecutively.

Prior to sentencing Britvar briefly addressed the court.

“I really want to change my life,” he said.

But the judge did not seem to believe him. She said Britvar has been in her courtroom on a number of occasions since 2004, and each time he convinced her “this time is going to be different.”

Britvar was arrested and jailed last week for a violation of probation that stemmed from an alleged DUI incident in Garfield County.

In other court issues, a motions hearing for one-time Aspen socialite Pamela Phillips was reset to May 5 after her attorney took ill and could not be in court on Tuesday.

Defense attorney Richard Cummins of Aspen filed a request in March to withdraw from the case, largely because he has not spoken to Phillips in weeks. The hearing is to focus on the withdrawal issue.

Phillips, 52, faces a count of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. She also is charged with unsafe backing of a vehicle. The allegations stem from an Aug. 31 arrest in Pitkin County.

Phillips, who has been living in Switzerland for the past few months, is wanted on a warrant issued in Arizona for the alleged murder of her ex-husband Gary Triano, 52.

He was killed Nov. 1, 1996, when his Lincoln Town Car blew up in the parking lot of a Tucson golf course.

Authorities believe that Phillips paid Ronald Young $400,000 to kill her ex-husband in order to collect on a $2 million life insurance policy. Phillips and Triano were divorced in 1993.

Young was arrested Oct. 17 in Yorba Linda, Calif., on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

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