Judge rejects plea deal for Woody Creek man | AspenTimes.com

Judge rejects plea deal for Woody Creek man

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A judge Tuesday rejected a plea deal for a man suspected of violating a protection order by contacting his Woody Creek neighbor.

Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely suggested the plea offer extended to Nathan Aldrich was not stringent enough and should be reworked. Terms of the offer were not disclosed.

Ely indicated she wanted to see at least 24 months of supervised probation as part of an offer. She also expressed worry about the victims in the case.

“I’m concerned,” Ely said.

Aldrich, 48, has been locked up since he was arrested March 20. He is being held on a $10,000 bond at the Pitkin County jail.

Aldrich ran afoul of the law when he placed a letter and money on the front step of the neighbor’s residence. He was previously ordered to stay away, court records show. He admitted to having left the note at a previous hearing.

Aldrich is to next appear in court April 21.

In other court matters, a 24-year-old Aspen woman pleaded guilty to obstruction of a peace officer in connection with a fight at the Regal night club.

Rebecca Nolan was sentenced to 12 months of unsupervised probation. She was also fined $100 and was directed not to drink alcohol.

As part of a plea agreement, the district attorney’s office in Aspen agreed to drop a resisting arrest count.

Nolan was arrested in late January after she got into a scuffle with her boyfriend at the Regal, an Aspen Police Department report showed.

Police officers went to the bar in response to the fight. In the course of dealing with the incident officer Matt Burg was bitten by Nolan. She also kicked another officer, police said.

Also, Paul Britvar of Aspen was arrested after he appeared in court amid an allegation that he violated his probation in a previous case. Britvar was recently arrested for driving under the influence in Garfield County.

Nedlin said the arrest violated his probation in a Pitkin County case. He also said that Britvar failed a drug test, which was another probation violation.

Ely ordered Britvar be taken into custody. She also ordered a cash bond of $25,000.

Britvar is to be back in court April 21.


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