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Breckenridge court records shed light on attempted murder of 14-year-old girl

Elise Reuter
Summit Daily News
A view of the Great Divide Condominiums near Breckenridge, where a violent attack left one 14-year-old in critical condition. The man accused of attempted murder in the case had previously lived in the condo with the victim, court records suggest.
Elise Reuter / ereuter@summitdaily.com |

The sound of dripping water permeated the Great Divide Condominiums on Wednesday morning, as ice slowly thawed on the secluded hills overlooking Breckenridge. But early last Saturday morning at 1:45, a bloody assault broke the stillness, leaving a 14-year-old girl in critical condition and placing two other girls, aged 14 and 10, in harm’s way.

Summit County investigators say the suspect, 37-year-old Breckenridge resident Sky Wodraska, used tools to break into his former girlfriend’s condo. Once inside, investigators say, he bound and gagged the 10-year-old girl with duct tape while one 14-year-old girl escaped. The other 14-year-old was found with stab wounds in her back, neck and hand. She was in critical condition on Monday, but is expected to live. St. Anthony Summit Medical Center has not released new information about her status.

“I heard the cops show up and I opened my window,” Jeff Palms, who lives across from the condominiums, said on Wednesday. “I could hear a girl crying, and I thought it was domestic violence.”

Another neighbor, Richard Sheppard, said he did not know about the incident until officers knocked on his door later that morning.

“I woke up at 6 a.m. that morning; that was the first I heard about it. The police said, ‘There was an incident here. Don’t step in the blood.’ There was blood all the way down here on our front porch, and the police had marked it with glow sticks,” Sheppard said.

He added that he had seen the police at the condo several times that year, “once a month, it seemed.”

Law enforcement officials found Wodraska 30 minutes away from the crime scene in an unincorporated part of Summit County. He was subsequently transported to Summit Medical Center and treated for self-inflicted injuries.

During a March 9 court hearing, a $2 million bond was set at the suggestion of 5th Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown.

“I think it’s clear that there’s a community safety concern,” Brown said. “I feel that the court has set an appropriately high bond given the circumstances of the case.”

Wodraska currently faces charges of attempted murder, assault, kidnapping, child abuse, burglary, possession of burglary tools, violation of a protection order and violation of bond conditions.

Court records show that Wodraska has had numerous arrests in Summit County over the past several years. Records also strongly suggest a connection between the victims of the recent assault case and previous court cases in which Wodraska was charged with sexually assaulting and stalking a middle school girl who lived at the Great Divide Condominiums. Court documents include threatening messages sent to the alleged victim that mention his relationship with the girl’s mother.

Brown declined to comment on Wodraska’s court history in relation to the victims in the current case. He would not confirm whether the victim who is currently in critical condition was the same girl at the center of a sexual assault case that was resolved in February with a plea deal that ended in three years of probation, and no jail time, for Wodraska. Of the many charges filed against Wodraska in the case, he pleaded guilty to child abuse. The other charges were dropped as part of the agreement.

However, Brown did comment on the case to the CBS affiliate in Denver.

“This community favors rehabilitation and really works hard to take people who have run afoul of the law and put them in a position where their life gets back on track and they don’t have any more problems,” Brown told CBS. “When we’re unsuccessful in that, it’s very disappointing, and we see other criminal behavior coming out of it.”

“It’s very hard to use a crystal ball to figure out what a judge is going to do. Sometimes it’s harder to figure out whether a judge would have done something differently if the playing field was a little bit different,” Brown continued. “The important thing is we didn’t protect the people we needed to well … we need to do a better job.”

‘SCARED TO DEATH’

Court records show that Wodraska had a long and fraught history with a former girlfriend who lived at the Great Divide Condominiums with her children. In May 2014, Wodraska was charged with sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s daughter.

According to the documents, Wodraska had moved into the condominium during the summer of 2013. Officers became involved later in February 2014 when a witness who knew the children told police he received a text stating the girls’ mother planned to travel to Denver and leave them with Wodraska.

One of the girls told officers that she did not want to be left alone with Wodraska because he had sexually assaulted her before and had lashed out violently at her mother.

The witness said he had seen Wodraska verbally abuse the victims, but had not seen him strike or assault the girls. He added that they “… were scared to death of him, they really were,” possibly because of what he said was Wodraska’s history of alcohol and drug abuse.

Wodraska’s drug use is mentioned in a May 2013 investigation, when officers searching his home found LSD, a schedule 1 controlled substance. He was also charged with possession of a schedule 3 controlled substance and put on two years’ probation. In November, he pleaded guilty to possession of a schedule 3 controlled substance and the other charge was dismissed.

After the girlfriend’s daughter contacted her grandparents and told them about the assault, they flew to Summit County on Feb. 25, 2014. Concerned for their grandchildren’s safety, they took the two girls to a forensic interview, court records say. At the time, the girls’ mother did not know about the interview; she simply believed the grandparents were visiting on vacation.

“I have had to call the cops on him three times already. One of them was, he’s put his hands on her (mother) multiple times. He’s touched me in an inappropriate way. Which my mom didn’t even actually believe that, which did not make me happy,” the 14-year-old girl told police during the interview. She further explained that Wodraska had previously “pushed her (mother) down to the ground” and more recently “held her down by her neck and sat on her.”

Her sister explained, “A couple of fights ago he took our car and drove it down to his house. My mom went on my sister’s bike down there to get it, and basically what he did was picked her up,” then “slammed her into the ground.”

She added that their mother had recently let Wodraska back into the house to give him another chance, “But I don’t think he deserves that one more chance.”

Continued harassment

Documents show Wodraska moved out of the victims’ condo on March 1, 2014, but just two days later, officers responded to a police dispatch at Summit Middle School saying that a suspect in a child sexual assault case was harassing the victim. Police recognized the girl, who said that Wodraska called her eight to 11 times that day, leaving several threatening messages.

One text message read:

“IVE GOT VIDEO PROOF OF YOUR MOTHER BEING AN UNFIT MOTHER. ENOUGH PROOF THAT U2 WILL BE SEPARATED FOR GOOD IF YOU DON’T TELL YOUR MOTHER THE TRUTH AND QUIT LYING AND SAYING THAT I MOLESTED YOU WHICH IN NO WAY HAVE I EVER F****** DONE. I WILL SHOW THIS VIDEO OF YOUR MOTHER BEING UNFIT AND YOU TOO WILL BE SEPARATED FOR GOOD ONE LIE OUT OF YOUR SCRAGGLE TOOTH TOO FACED MOUTH AND U2 WILL NEVER LIVE TOGETHER AGAIN.”

A few messages later, Wodraska begged:

“Please tell the truth before I spend the rest of my life in jail because of these LIES!!!!!!”

Wodraska was arrested on March 4, 2014, on 13 criminal charges: two felony counts of intimidation of a witness or victim, two felony counts of extortion, six felony counts of stalking, one felony count of violation of bail bond conditions, one misdemeanor count of telephone harassment and one misdemeanor count of child abuse. The following day, the victims were granted a mandatory protection order. Through a January plea agreement, Wodraska pleaded guilty to intimidation of a witness or victim and the other 12 charges were dismissed.

Later, in June of that year, Wodraska was charged with child sex assault, child abuse and violation of bail bond conditions from his July 2013 arrest for drug possession. He was also charged with violation of a protection order, a criminal offense. Wodraska pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child abuse and sexual assault charges were dismissed.

Wodraska was sentenced to 10 days of jail and three years’ probation in February 2015. Contact with the victim and family was forbidden, as was drug or alcohol consumption.

WHAT’S NEXT

Following his most recent charges, Wodraska faces a minimum 16 to 48 years in jail, with five years’ minimum parole if convicted of attempted first-degree murder. At the end of Monday’s hearing, the judge recommended Wodraska’s immediate commitment due to mental health concerns.

The next hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 16, at 1:30 p.m. at the Summit County District Court. Wodraska waived his requirement for a preliminary hearing within 35 days under the advice of his defense attorney.

A LinkedIn profile for Wodraska indicates he has owned Sky Taxi, a Breckenridge taxi, limousine and transportation services company, which state records show was incorporated in 2011.

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