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Greengrass, Ognacevic in court

Aspen Times Staff Report

Two Aspen teen-agers involved in last summer’s crime spree – Moses Greengrass and Yuri Ognacevic – are both expected to be sentenced to prison when they go before Judge J.E. DeVilbiss this afternoon.

Greengrass, the 19-year-old local who prosecutors allege was the “ringleader” behind the crime spree that involved 13 area teens, will be sentenced to no less than 10 years in prison, as stipulated in a plea agreement he made with the district attorney’s office.

Greengrass was scheduled to be sentenced last Monday, but DeVilbiss granted him a continuance until today, so that two medical experts can be on hand to testify on his behalf. Greengrass, who had been out on bond until last Monday, agreed as part of postponement to return to jail while awaiting today’s hearing.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery in connection with holdups at Clark’s Market in Aspen on Aug. 5, and The Village Market in Snowmass Village on Sept. 19, 1999. He had been charged with several other felony counts related to other crimes, including a pair of armed robberies at Stage 3 Theatres last year, the Aug. 4 burglary of Airport Liquors and the Sept. 20 burglary of a Twining Flats residence. Charges related to those crimes were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Sentencing for Ognacevic, 18, has also been postponed several times. On Feb. 7, DeVilbiss continued the case to allow Ognacevic’s attorney to investigate whether or not his client is eligible for a community corrections sentence.

Ognacevic pleaded guilty Nov. 8 to an amended count of Class 4 felony robbery. As part of the plea agreement, four other felony counts relating to the Aug. 5 Clark’s Market armed robbery and a July 3 burglary of Take 2 Video were dismissed.

A 9th Judicial District Probation Department official had recommended that, based on Ognacevic’s criminal activity, he be sentenced to four years in prison.

Co-defendants in the summerlong crime spree, William “Wade” Hammond, Jacob Richards, Cody Wille, Nathan Morse and a juvenile, have already been sentenced after reaching plea bargains with the district attorney.


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