DA to appeal suspect’s release
December 5, 2006
Assistant district attorney Gail Nichols said she would appeal 9th Judicial District Judge James Boyd’s decision Monday to dismiss felony charges against Ronald Young. Young was released Monday night after being in the Pitkin County Jail, in Aspen, for more than two months on multiple felony forgery charges. Boyd said Nichols’ case was based on hearsay and lacking enough hard evidence to go to trial. Nichols has 45 days to appeal the decision and said she continues to hold open the possibility of refiling charges because Boyd dismissed the case without prejudice.Nichols will not be allowed to present new evidence during the appeal, which will be decided by the state Court of Appeals.”We don’t feel we made a mistake,” Nichols said. “Clearly Boyd thought we made a mistake. We agree the bulk of the evidence was hearsay, but we had some evidence that wasn’t hearsay.”Young was apprehended in Florida after a feature about him on “America’s Most Wanted” in November 2005. After his federal prison sentence, Young was extradited to Aspen.”He was a fugitive for 10 years,” Nichols said in response to a question whether she was worried about Young being free. She would not comment on whether she thought he is dangerous to the community.”I don’t believe there’s evidence in the record that shows he’s dangerous, and I’m reluctant to disclose evidence not on the record,” Nichols said.Young is a person of interest in the 1996 pipe bomb slaying of Gary Lee Triano. Three policemen from Arizona, where the killing took place, were in the courtroom Monday night to watch as Boyd set Young free. There have been no charges against Young in the Triano slaying. Joel Stonington’s e-mail address is email@example.comThe Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.