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J-Bar burglary suspect pleads guilty

A 21-year-old Washington state man faces between two and six years in prison after he pleaded guilty Monday to stealing clothes and booze from the J-Bar.David Gosk of Tacoma will be sentenced July 3. He pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary as part of a plea deal in which a theft charge was dropped. If there are mitigating circumstances, he could receive a one-year term.Gosk entered the Hotel Jerome bar through its front door, which was open at 3 a.m. March 4. Prosecutor Gail Nichols said Gosk took a suit, a shirt and three bottles of liquor.He and another man were arrested as they walked from the bar toward the police station.In other court news Monday: A Carbondale man asked a judge to postpone his trial on assault charges.The three-day trial of Billy Joe Knoeppchen, 28, was originally set to begin today. His lawyer, Arnie Mordkin, said his client has waived his right to a speedy trial.Knoeppchen allegedly broke a youth’s jaw with a metal file at a campground near Mount Sopris in July. Police say he poked another boy in the eye with the file during the same incident.He pleaded not guilty to first- and second-degree assault charges in January. His trial, now set for four days, was rescheduled for Nov. 14-17. Judge James Boyd issued an arrest warrant for a Denver man charged with felony theft after he failed to appear in court.Dennis Baszile, who also lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C., allegedly stole a coat that held a camera and cell phone from Cooper Street Pier in January. He used the phone for his business, police said.Baszile, 42, is charged with felony theft of between $500 and $15,000, and possession of drug paraphernalia.His lawyer, public defender Greg Greer, had no explanation for his absence. Boyd forfeited Baszile’s bond and issued the arrest warrant. The lawyer for a Dec. 2 drug-raid defendant who pleaded guilty to a distribution charge filed a motion to withdraw that plea.Edubiel Hernandez-Cruz pleaded guilty in April to cocaine distribution. But his attorney, Chip McCrory, said he had learned “interesting information” from the court’s probation department.Boyd set a May 22 hearing for the withdrawal motion.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com


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