Aspen man who missed court date faces new felony charges
ASPEN – An Aspen man’s failure to appear for a plea-agreement hearing in September has resulted in six new felony charges.
On Thursday, Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin filed three felony counts of violation of bail-bond conditions against Devin Wallace Schutter, 32. The prosecutor also filed three additional felony counts against Schutter – habitual criminal.
The charges come after Mordkin and Schutter’s attorney, Kevin McGreevy of Denver, had struck a deal in which Schutter would admit to two counts of probation violation along with one guilty plea to a misdemeanor assault.
But Schutter didn’t appear for a Sept. 22 hearing where the deal was to be formalized, and would have sent him state to prison for 18 months to 6 1/2 years. With that deal off the table, Schutter now faces up to decades in prison.
According to Mordkin, Schutter was arrested on the Front Range earlier this month, where he is wanted on warrants in Jefferson and Gilpin counties.
Schutter’s criminal record in Pitkin County includes charges ranging from drug distribution to parole violation and theft. More than 20 criminal cases have been filed against Schutter in Colorado since 1998, according to public records.
In other court news:
An Aspen homeless man’s legal problems continue to mount.
James Griebling, 51, appeared Wednesday in Aspen Municipal Court where he pleaded guilty to sleeping in a place prohibited. Griebling was cited after police found him Oct. 12 in city of Aspen open space behind Aspen Meadows. There, Griebling also had set up a camp.
It was Griebling’s third appearance in city court this month. On Oct. 12, he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct stemming from a September disturbance at Junk restaurant in downtown Aspen. At the Oct. 12 hearing, Judge Brooke Peterson ordered Griebling to perform 10 hours of public service.
On Wednesday, Peterson tacked on another five hours of service to the sentence.
“You’re going to have to find another place to sleep,” Peterson told Griebling. “You can’t camp inside the city.”
“I don’t know where else homeless people can go until Dec. 1,” Griebling said, referring to the date St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen will provide overnight shelter for transients. “I don’t know what to do.”
Peterson also ordered Griebling to go to The Right Door, a local organization that helps people with substance-abuse problems. The judge also said The Right Door could provide Griebling with contacts to help him find a place to live.
Another transient who’s had brush-ins with the law, Mark Brown, 51, failed to appear in court Wednesday to face charges. That’s because he was jailed the night before. Police ticketed Brown on the night of Oct. 18 after they saw him allegedly drinking alcohol, which was in violation of a protection order on another case.
As of Friday, he remained in the custody of Pitkin County Jail on $5,000 bond, records show.
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