Estes in court for sentencing today
Shea Treadwell Estes, one of a dozen local teen-agers implicated in a crime spree in the Aspen area last year, is to be sentenced today in 9th Judicial District Court in Aspen.
Estes, 19, has pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy to commit a crime, and faces a possible sentence of up to six years in prison.
But thanks to a plea bargain with the local district attorney, he is scheduled to receive a “deferred judgment and sentence,” which means he would be on probation for a few years, but would not be sent to state prison.
Estes was accused of being the “inside man” for the Aug. 19, 1999 armed robbery of The Village Market in Snowmass Village, where he was working at the time.
Three other local teen-agers – Moses Greengrass, 19; William “Wade” Hammond, 19; and Stefan Schutter, 18 – have been accused of actually pulling the robbery. Greengrass is now serving a 12-year sentence in prison for that robbery and one other, while Hammond is serving a three-year sentence. Schutter faces a trial on the charge later this year.
According to a statement by Hammond, Estes was involved in the planning of the holdup. He also has been said to have received some of the money taken from the safe at Village Market.
Estes, however, has said in a statement that he does not remember knowing anything about the robbery in advance, or about getting any of the money taken from the store.
“I can’t say for sure I didn’t get any money, because I’ve had a head injury,” he wrote in a statement inserted in his court file. “That’s why I took the plea agreement. I’m not sure what happened.”
Estes was in two serious auto accidents in 1998, and received considerable head injuries on both occasions, according to reports. He is being treated for those injuries.
He apparently has a history of minor marijuana use, and was charged with possession of marijuana and alcohol at the age of 14, according to court documents.
But he has little else in terms of a criminal record, said probation officer Susan Cashel, and she agreed that a deferred judgment and sentence is appropriate in his case.
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