Alleged Aspen house invader released from jail |

Alleged Aspen house invader released from jail

Rick Carroll
The Aspen Times

A woman accused of trespassing in a luxury Aspen home was set free by a judge Monday.

Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols released Brittany Lynn Storms, 18, from the county jail, where she has been incarcerated since her May 17 arrest.

“I don’t like you being in jail because you’re so young, but you’re an adult now and you’ve got to comply with these conditions. Do you understand?” Nichols told Storms.

Storms replied by nodding her head.

The judge ordered Storms to report to pretrial services in Mesa County within 48 hours of her release. Storms, who is from the Grand Junction area, has pending criminal cases in Mesa County, where she has a history of drug and theft arrests.

She still must return July 6 to Pitkin County District Court, where she faces felony charges of first-degree trespassing, second-degree burglary and criminal impersonation.

Aspen police arrested her after a resident of a $11 million Shady Lane home reported that a woman had entered her house and was “out of her mind” on drugs.

Storms allegedly told police she was simply “looking around” and was fascinated with the home’s all-glass front door. Police also say she initially gave them a false name. She was not found to be in possession of any items from the home, but police said they believe she was going to attempt to commit theft before the homeowners arrived and spotted her exiting the house. Her public defender has said the evidence doesn’t support the burglary charge.

In other court news Monday, Nichols declined to commit a woman to a state mental-health facility in Pueblo. The reason: Defendant Elsa Eva Murillo-Gonzalez, 41, is pregnant and could have her baby any day.

“Elsa tells me that if she doesn’t give birth momentarily, they are going to have to give her a Caesarian section,” said court-appointed defense lawyer Chip McCrory.

Murillo-Gonzalez, who has multiple felony and misdemeanor charges dating back to November 2013, was arrested last month on suspicion of violating her bond conditions when she allegedly provided false identification to a Glenwood Springs officer who stopped her for speeding.

The bond conditions were set in Pitkin County, where Murillo-Gonzalez faces felony charges for allegedly forging checks and other transgressions.

Two court-appointed evaluations have found her to be incompetent to face the charges. The prosecution wanted her sent to Pueblo until her competency is restored.

The judge will review the status of the case at Murillo-Gonzalez’s next scheduled court appearance July 6, at which time she should no longer be pregnant.