El Jebel man guilty in attempted robbery
Aspen Times Staff Writer
An El Jebel man pleaded guilty Monday to charges of attempted aggravated robbery in connection with the armed holdup of an Old Snowmass couple.
Steven Lynn Elliott, 25, pleaded guilty to the felony charge, as well as a “crime of violence” charge, in Pitkin County District Court just over two months after his arrest. The crime of violence charge ensures that Elliott will receive no less than five years and no more than 16 years in prison.
According to court documents, police received a 911 call at 7 a.m. on March 14 from “a hysterical female” who reported that a man with a gun had broken into her home at 11000 Snowmass Creek Road. The woman called again to report that the intruder had assaulted a man in the house, but the man had fought back and injured the intruder.
Elliott then left the home before police arrived, driving off in a black Chevrolet Blazer. Around 7:30 a.m., police stopped a Blazer on Snowmass Creek Road, and the two men inside – Elliott and a friend, Carbondale resident Zane Stahl – surrendered without incident. Elliott was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital for treatment for a few lacerations on the back of his head – the result of his intended victim hitting him on the head with his own gun – and both men were then transported to Pitkin County Jail.
During a police interview later that day, Stahl claimed that Elliott picked him up and drove to a friend’s house to “get some weed.” Stahl said that he refused when Elliott showed him a handgun and asked him to come inside the house. Stahl said he heard screaming after Elliott entered the house with the gun and thought about running away, but he said Elliott returned to the vehicle before he could, according to police.
Stahl said Elliott climbed into the car, and after he threw a second handgun in Stahl’s lap, they fled the scene by way of Snowmass Creek Road.
When police interviewed Elliott after the arrest, he affirmed that the plan to rob the homeowner, a man he said was a drug dealer named Adam, was all his. Charges against Stahl, 20, were dropped in late March after prosecutors determined that he did not take part in the crime.
Elliott will be sentenced on July 1.
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