Basalt student faces weapon charge |

Basalt student faces weapon charge

Aspen Times Staff Report

A Basalt High School student who allegedly threatened another youth with a knife Nov. 22 has pleaded guilty to one charge in connection with the incident.

“He pled guilty to possession of a weapon on school grounds,” said 9th Judicial District Attorney Mac Myers.

A charge of menacing was dropped in return for the guilty plea to possessing the weapon, according to Myers. In addition, the youth agreed to surrender his knife, Myers said.

No one was injured in the incident, but investigators claimed the youth made a menacing gesture with the knife toward another student.

The male student’s name hasn’t been released by school or law enforcement officials because he is a juvenile. Superintendent Fred Wall said shortly after the incident occurred that he could not discuss the case even if the juvenile’s identity was protected. Therefore, he wouldn’t discuss the outcome of an expulsion hearing.

Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills also declined comment about the case after Basalt police investigated and turned it over to him to determine if charges would be filed. Wills said is was his office’s policy not to discuss any aspect of juvenile cases.

However, Myers, who is Wills’ boss, explained that the youth had been charged and reached a plea arrangement.

Sentencing in the case will be Feb. 7, according to Myers. He said the youth could be sentenced to as much as two years in a Department of Youth Corrections facility. At a minimum, the youth will face five days in a local detention facility.

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