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Judge may reconsider sentences of two crime-spree participants

John Colson

A local judge may soon reconsider the sentences of two local teens implicated in last year’s crime spree in the Aspen and Snowmass Village areas.

And at least one of those teens, Jacob Richards, son of Aspen Mayor Rachel Richards, may soon be sent to a kind of “halfway house” in Grand Junction, according to officials at the Pitkin County Courthouse.

Richards and Yuri Ognacevic both participated in a series of armed robberies, burglaries and car thefts in August and September 1999. Their cases came up Monday in 9th Judicial District Court.

Attorneys for the two have submitted what is known as a “Rule 35-B” request, asking Judge J.E. DeVilbiss to reconsider the sentences imposed on their clients.

Richards, 19, was convicted of second-degree burglary for breaking into a Twining Flats home last September, and is serving a four-year sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections. He also admitted to taking part in two other burglaries, and supplying information that four of his friends used for an armed robbery at Clark’s Market.

Ognacevic, 19, pleaded guilty to felony robbery in connection with the Clark’s Market case, as well as admitting involvement in other crimes, and also was sentenced to four years in prison.

DeVilbiss has ordered that reports be prepared outlining the reasons the two sentences should be reconsidered, and he will decide soon whether, or when, to schedule hearings on the arguments.

It was also reported in court Monday that Richards has been moved from the prison where he had been serving time, in Caon City, and is now in a “holding facility” in Delta, south of Grand Junction.

Officials said he is expected to be moved to a “community corrections facility” in Grand Junction, which one court official described as “a kind of halfway house.”

Both young men are reported to have built up good behavior records as inmates in the prison system.

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