Fight at Aspen’s Wheeler ends in plea deal
ASPEN ” A Basalt man was put on probation Wednesday for a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct after he had an altercation with another man waiting in line to watch a French love story at the Wheeler Opera House during Aspen Flimfest last month.
Greg Lewis, 61, and his attorney Arnie Mordkin appeared in Aspen Municipal Court when it was announced that they had reached a no contest plea agreement with Jim True, special counsel for the city of Aspen.
Judge Brooke Peterson accepted the deal. He dismissed an assault and battery charge, and issued a six-month deferred judgment on the disorderly conduct charge, which focused primarily on Lewis using profane or obscene language during the incident. Lewis was ordered to pay a $150 probation fee.
The charges stem from a fight Lewis had with Guy Alciatore, 65, on Sept. 27 in the lobby of the Wheeler while the two men were in line waiting to see “I’ve Loved You So Long.”
According to a police report, Alciatore claims he was standing in line with his wife when he accidentally brushed up against Lewis, who apparently didn’t appreciate their closeness. The two men traded obscenities.
Alciatore said he turned to his wife and then out of nowhere, Lewis allegedly threw a punch. His fist landed below Alciatore’s glasses. A scuffle ensued and Alciatore ripped Lewis’ sweater. When Alciatore woke up the next morning, he said he had a black eye. He went to police on Monday, Sept. 29.
“He really went postal, I don’t know if he was drunk or just stupid,” Alciatore said. “It was unfortunate; it should have never happened.”
Aspen officer Kyle Murray investigated the incident and interviewed Lewis, who told him that Alciatore elbowed him in the kidney while he was standing in line. A series of pushes back and forth followed before the fight was broken up by people standing around them. Murray contacted witnesses and determined that Lewis was the aggressor.
If Lewis has no brushes with the law for the next six months, the disorderly conduct charge will be dropped.
“Good luck, make it work,” Peterson said as Lewis walked out of the courtroom on Wednesday.
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