DA mulls charges in alleged assault on Aspen cops
August 17, 2009
ASPEN – The district attorney’s office has until Aug. 31 to formally file charges against Landin Smith, who allegedly assaulted a pair of Aspen police officers in a local park last week, while he was released on bond in another case.
In Pitkin County District Court Monday, District Attorney Arnie Mordkin asked for a Sept. 21 deadline to file the charges; public defender Stephen McCrohan, appointed to represent Smith, pressed for an Aug. 24 date. Judge James Boyd set the late August date.
Smith was scheduled to make his next court appearance on Sept. 21, at which time McCrohan said he would like to address the $50,000 bond that was set Friday in the case.
Smith, 44, allegedly assaulted Sgt. Rob Fabrocini and Officer Chance Williams at Koch Park on Aug. 13 after police found him in the park, inebriated, in violation of the condition of his bond in another case, in which he’s charged with unlawful sexual contact involving a minor. Smith had been released on a $1,000 bond in that case, on the condition that he abstain from drug and alcohol use.
Mordkin said he’s contemplating filing six assault charges stemming from the incident, along with other possible counts. Three of the contemplated assault charges each carry a minimum, mandatory, four-year prison sentence; three others carry a minimum, mandatory sentence of two years apiece, the district attorney said.
Williams suffered a broken foot during the altercation; Smith attempted to bite Fabrocini in the ear, but got only his hair, according to Mordkin.
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In other court proceedings Monday:
• A February 2010 trial was scheduled for Emanuel Gonzalez-Loujun of Carbondale, charged with the sexual assault and kidnapping of an Aspen woman outside the Centennial apartments in January. He was bound over for trial on the charges after a preliminary hearing last month, during which two drug-related felony counts were dismissed.
On Monday, Mordkin filed an amended complaint with new drug charges – possession of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. McCrohan, representing Gonzalez-Loujun, requested a preliminary hearing on the new charges; it was scheduled Sept. 21.
• Arraignment for Daniel Grine of Woody Creek was continued to Sept. 21. He is charged with felony burglary for an alleged break-in and theft of drugs from Tom’s Pharmacy in Aspen in April. He also faces an introduction of contraband charge after someone attempted to smuggle marijuana to him in jail; the substance was inside an iPod, according to Mordkin.
After the Aspen burglary, Grine was arrested for the alleged burglary of the Napa Auto Parts store in El Jebel, an Eagle County case. A $150,000 bond was set in Eagle County and Mordkin asked to increase Grine’s Pitkin County bond to $100,000 for the two counts. His prior local bond, $70,000 for the two charges, was revoked after his subsequent arrest for the El Jebel crime.
Judge Boyd set the bond at $75,000 on the condition that, as soon as he is able, Grine attend and complete an inpatient drug and alcohol treatment program in Denver where Grine has arranged admittance.
• A Sept. 21 arraignment was set for Jesse James Coleman of Aspen, charged with possession of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute. Boyd appointed the public defender’s office to represent Coleman.
• Andrew McCollom, facing four counts in connection with the alleged passing of counterfeit $100 bills in Aspen, waived the reading of the charges against him through his attorney, public defender McCrohan. He is next scheduled to appear in court Sept. 21.