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Aspenite facing decades in prison

John Colson
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” Aspen resident Devin Schutter, whose name has been familiar to court officials since at least 1993, is facing a variety of charges that could land him in prison for decades.

Schutter, 29, currently is being held in the Pitkin County jail on $65,000 bond; a separate $10,000 bond from another case has been revoked by a bail bondsman.

Schutter was arrested Feb. 20 on drug charges and allegations he has been harassing a woman who was a victim in a 2007 case, in which Schutter was accused of stalking and other crimes.

Schutter was arrested at about 6 p.m. in his mother’s home. He and Elizabeth Klempf, 24, were found by police in Schutter’s bedroom during the execution of a search warrant, according to court documents.

Also found in the bedroom, according to authorities, were a glass plate covered with a residue police say was cocaine; a paper “bindle” containing white powder police say was cocaine; five small plastic Ziploc baggies allegedly containing cocaine; another small baggie found in Klempf’s pocket police say contained cocaine; several substances police say typically are used to “cut” cocaine, increasing its volume and its profitability; a $100 bill rolled into a tube that also allegedly tested positive for traces of cocaine; and various items that police say are indicative of drug dealing activity, including a scale.

Schutter and Klempf were jailed, and Feb. 12 they were advised of the charges against them by 9th Judicial District Court Judge James Boyd. Klempf, who said she has lived in Aspen for a year and a half and is between jobs, was charged with possession of cocaine and released on a personal recognizance bond.

Schutter most recently came to the attention of police after he allegedly broke into the apartment of the victim of the earlier stalking case.

After police arrived and talked with the woman, according to court documents, Schutter allegedly contacted her via a text message to her cell phone with a cryptic, sarcastic message.

This led police to obtain a search warrant for Schutter’s cell phone in connection with the charge that he had violated a court order to stay away from the woman. Police went to the home of Carole Schutter, Devin’s mother, based on their belief that he was living there.

In court on Thursday, Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols told Boyd the two of the current charges against Schutter ” for violating the conditions of his probation on an earlier case and for violating the restraining order involving the woman ” carried bonds totaling $25,000.

She recommended the bond be raised to $35,000, claiming that he has at least two felony convictions on his record, which constitute sentencing enhancements that effectively double the potential prison sentences for the cases he faces now. And the charge against him for dealing cocaine alone carries a maximum jail term of 24 years.

The judge, noting Schutter is on probation or parole for the earlier felony convictions, raised the bonds to a total of $65,000.

Schutter’s record in the district court clerk’s office shows a total of 11 cases against him. A cursory search of the records show convictions in 2003 on charges of harassment, domestic violence, car theft and leaving the scene of an accident. In 2005, records indicate, Schutter was convicted of violating the conditions of his bail bond in another case. Two cases are from 1993, when Schutter was a juvenile, and are not public.

Schutter is the older brother of Stefan Schutter, who served a 10-year prison sentence for his participation in the 1999 crime spree in Aspen.

“The situation you bring to the court is more aggravated than some who are looking at a first offense,” Boyd told Schutter before he was lead out of the judge’s chambers and back to jail.

Schutter is scheduled to appear in court again March 3.

jcolson@aspentimes.com


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