Chronic criminal sent to prison to serve six years |

Chronic criminal sent to prison to serve six years

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

A 30-year-old Snowmass Village man with a lengthy rap sheet is headed to prison for the next six years after repeatedly violating his probation, according to court documents.

Michael Phillips pleaded guilty to felony stalking — a case from 2014 — and felony criminal mischief — from 2012 — in May, and was sentenced to six years on probation.

But he committed 14 rule violations between then and Thursday, including possession of “major contraband,” unauthorized absences, failure to follow staff directives and employment misconduct, according to a memo filed in court by his probation officer.

On Friday, District Judge Gail Nichols ordered him held on no bond at the Pitkin County Jail. Prosecutor Andrea Bryan said the six-year sentence now will be converted to a prison term.

Phillips’ criminal history dates back to December 2008, when he was charged with assault and burglary. He was charged with felony stalking in March 2012, disorderly conduct and two counts each of harassment and assault in June 2012 and the criminal mischief charge in August 2012.

He was charged with felony stalking and harassment in September 2014, then was hit with retaliation against a witness and violating bail-bond conditions in November. He also faced a charge of felony menacing in Boulder County in 2013 for allegedly threatening several people with a baseball bat.