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Judge seeks assistance

John Colson

A local judge has asked for “judicial assistance” in handling the large number of cases arising out of a series of robberies and a burglary in the Aspen area recently.

Judge J.E. DeVilbiss this week called on 9th Judicial District Chief Judge Thomas Ossola to take over the case against Stefan M. Schutter, one of 10 defendants implicated in the string of crimes.

Schutter, 17, is one of two local young men charged with being involved in robberies at both Clark’s Market in Aspen on Aug. 5 and The Village Market in Snowmass Village on Aug. 19. Although a total of six youths are charged in connection with the robberies, only Schutter and Moses Greengrass, 18, are accused of being involved in both.

The other four are William “Wade” Hammond, 18; Yuri Ognacevic, 18; Jacob Richards, 19; and Cody Wille, 17. Both Schutter and Wille have been charged as adults.

Schutter, who lives in Aspen, is currently incarcerated at the Grand Mesa Juvenile Detention Center on charges unrelated to the robberies. He had been due to appear in court on Nov. 29 before Judge DeVilbiss to be formally advised of the charges against him.

But DeVilbiss on Nov. 9 filed a “request for judicial assistance” in the two cases against Schutter, asking that they be taken over by Ossola.

In the written request, DeVilbiss noted that Schutter already has “a case pending before the Honorable Thomas W. Ossola,” although the request does not mention the nature of that case.

The request adds that “the interest of economical and efficient use of judicial resources would be best served if these cases [against Schutter] were re-assigned so that they may be handled in a way that coordinates their timely disposition with the presently pending case against this defendant.”

Ossola granted the reassignment on Nov. 10.

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