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DA moves to withdraw plea deal in Aspen hotel fight

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado

ASPEN ” The District Attorney’s Office in Aspen filed a motion Monday to withdraw a plea deal in the case of a 21-year-old man who was involved in an alleged domestic dispute at an upscale hotel.

The motion, which was entered in Pitkin County Court, claims Daniel Rave-Munoz violated the terms of the agreement when he was arrested earlier this month. The motion also claims Rave-Munoz had a longer criminal history than previously disclosed.

“On January 5, 2009, shortly after noon, defendant committed the crime of violation of a restraining order issued against him … and violation of the bond conditions in the within case, in direct contravention of the terms of the plea offer and plea agreement,” the filing stated.

Rave-Munoz also had “twice as many convictions as was contemplated when the plea offer was made … one of which was a juvenile conviction, which would have been a felony [were] he an adult.”

The deal was extended in November before Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin was named to head the Aspen office.

The proposed withdrawal comes about three weeks after Rave-Munoz was taken into custody on Jan. 5 at the Aspen Police Department after he went to report a missing passport.

Officer Jeff Fain detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on the breath of Rave-Munoz, authorities said.

He was then arrested, and booked into Pitkin County jail for bond and restraining order violations that stemmed from a domestic dispute at Grand Hyatt Aspen. The conditions of his bond and restraining order forbid Rave-Munoz from consuming alcohol.

Rave-Munoz was arrested in July after he was involved in a scuffle with his girlfriend inside the hotel. The District Attorney’s Office charged him with eight counts ranging from first-degree burglary to false imprisonment.

He later pleaded guilty in November to lesser misdemeanor counts. In exchange, he was to be sentenced to probation Dec. 15.

Rave-Munoz also had to complete domestic violence classes prior to the Dec. 15 court hearing.

But he did not show up for the Dec. 15 sentencing. That led Senior District Court Judge Thomas W. Ossola to double his bail in that case to $60,000 from $30,000. One day later, Rave-Munoz turned himself in at Pitkin County jail.

Boyd later reduced the bond amount to $30,000. Rave-Munoz is set to next appear in court Feb. 2, at which time Boyd is expected to address the motion to withdraw the agreement.

whaupt@aspentimes.com


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