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Guilty plea in prison drug case

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A woman who participated in a prison drug ring that allegedly involved Devin Schutter of Aspen pleaded guilty to a single felony count in connection with the case, authorities said Friday.

Cara Fawn Carlyle, 32, of Pueblo, pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. The plea was entered Thursday in Fremont County District Court.

In exchange for the plea, the District Attorney’s Office in Fremont County agreed to drop three other counts against her.

Carlyle was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation, and 90 days in jail. The jail sentence will be suspended provided she completes drug court.

Carlyle also agreed to cooperate “fully with prosecution in co-defendants’ cases,” the plea agreement stated. Schutter, and his brother, Stefan, are co-defendants in the case, according to court documents.

Each stands accused of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. The allegations stem from a distribution ring that was used to funnel drugs into Four Mile Correctional Facility in Canon City.

An affidavit filed in Fremont County Court alleges that Devin Schutter played a big part in the distribution ring as did his younger brother, Stefan, who was serving a 10-year sentence at Four Mile Correctional Center in Canon City.

Stefan Schutter, 27, was later transferred to Limon Correctional Facility.

Colorado Department of Corrections Investigator William Claspell claims the brothers were involved in a number of drug deals last year. Claspell also authored the affidavit.

The investigator pieced together the information by listening to telephone conversations between the brothers that were recorded via the Colorado Inmate Phone System, which allows for such monitoring.

Carlyle became involved when she met Claspell on Oct. 24 at a discount store in Pueblo. Claspell, who was posing as Schutter, provided Carlyle with pseudo drugs in the form of heroin and cocaine, the affidavit stated.

She accepted the drugs and was subsequently arrested. Devin Schutter was arrested Nov. 6 for his alleged role in the distribution ring.

He is also suspected of cocaine distribution and possession in Aspen in a case that stems from his February 2008 arrest at his mother’s house. That case is pending, although a plea offer was extended 12 days ago by the District Attorney’s Office in Aspen.

The counts against him include intent to distribute a schedule II controlled substance and possession of a schedule II controlled substance.

The count for dealing cocaine carries a maximum penalty of 96 years in prison, largely because of sentencing enhancements that kick in because he has a number of previous felony convictions.

Schutter is to next appear April 6 in Pitkin County District Court.

whaupt@aspentimes.com


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