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Aspen transient Vickery sentenced to five years in prison

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ASPEN – A judge Monday sentenced Aspen transient Dandy Vickery to five years in the Department of Corrections for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, effectively closing the chapter on a case that dates back nearly two years.

Noting Vickery’s “significant record,” which includes at least three previous felony convictions, Pitkin County District Judge James Boyd gave him 656 days credit for the time he has served in Pitkin County Jail since his arrest in March 2009.

In August, a Pitkin County jury convicted Vickery, 48, for providing alcohol to a minor. He was acquitted of 19 other counts of contributing and seven misdemeanor charges of unlawful sexual conduct.

Prosecutors said Vickery, for 20 straight days, supplied a 15-year-old Aspen runaway girl with vodka and hung out with her at downtown Aspen’s fire hearth. He also was accused of making sexual advances toward the girl.

The girl and her mother attended yesterday’s hearing in Pitkin County District Court, during which time the parent said a “child of tender years was impacted by a man’s behavior for 20 days.”

Lobbying for the maximum 6-year term in state prison for Vickery, the mother, in a tear-filled statement to the judge, said her daughter “has shown more maturity at age 17 than this man does in his 50s [sic].”

Likewise, Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin said Vickery deserved the maximum penalty.

“Mr. Vickery not only provided alcohol but he went out and bought it with her money,” he said.

His court-appointed attorney also pleaded for a more lenient sentence, and contended that Vickery is a decent person who’s had some tough breaks in life. Vickery can barely read or write, she added.

“He is not a person to be sacrificed on behalf of everybody else,” said Kathy Goudy, in reference to the fact that the girl was a runaway who did not get along with her family.

She added: “He has not had a good life and it is not because he is evil … He is not the demon that he is being made out here.”

Vickery, a drifter who racked up felony convictions in the state of Washington and Utah, said the good things about Aspen prompted him to move here.

“I’m real sorry to this town and the people that live here,” he said, asking Boyd to “just give me a chance.”

Boyd said it is not his place to give Vickery a chance. Rather, that lies with Vickery himself.

“No matter what sentence the court gives to you … you will have a chance to be a productive member of the community,” the judge said.

rcarroll@aspentimes.com


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