Former Aspen airport employee gets deferred sentence
ASPEN – Amber Fisk, a former employee of Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, was given a four-year deferred sentence Monday for using a county credit card to rack up about $3,900 in personal charges while she was employed in the airport’s administrative office.
She has been ordered to pay restitution and probation fees, as well as conduct 48 hours of public service and issue an apology letter to her former employer.
“I have extreme grief and want to make it right,” she told Judge Boyd.
Boyd said it was unfortunate that Fisk chose to steal from her employer. Fisk cited personal financial distress as the justification.
“It shakes the faith in the community and the people you work for,” Boyd said.
In other court news:
• Christian Adam Gaxiola, accused of being involved in an alleged counterfeiting ring that orchestrated the passing of phony $100 bills around Aspen, has been allowed to return to California where he lives while charges against him in Aspen are pending. Bond for Gaxiola, who is incarcerated in Pitkin County Jail, was reduced to $2,500.
Gaxiola’s alleged partner in crime, California resident Andrew Allan McCollum, may have federal charges pending against him and his case was continued until Nov. 16.
• Mark Montijo pleaded guilty to felony menacing and disorderly fighting for a May incident in which he assaulted two men outside Eric’s Bar about 2 a.m. One victim was knocked unconscious. Sentencing on both charges was deferred for one year based on conditions.
• Assistant District Attorney Arnold Mordkin told Judge Boyd that he was not seeking felony charges against Soren Klanderud, of Basalt, who allegedly tried to suffocate his pregnant girlfriend with a pillow. The son of former Aspen mayor Helen Klanderud, Soren faced misdemeanor charges of assault in the third degree, false imprisonment and domestic violence in Pitkin County Court before it was moved to district court. The case will now be returned to Pitkin County Court.
• A plea offer has been made to Aaron Michael Anderson, who is facing attempted second-degree murder of his ex-girlfriend. A plea could be made on Nov. 16.
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