Judge to Standing Man: Get a job and a home
John Brien Hammond, the local also known as “Standing Man,” gave Judge J.E. DeVilbiss his word yesterday that he’d get a job, a permanent place to live and quit his troublesome habit of trespassing.
Hammond, who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor “criminal tampering” on Aug. 2 stemming from a trespass incident, received a one-year supervised probationary sentence from the judge in Pitkin County’s 9th Judicial District Court, as well as 60 days in the Pitkin County Jail.
Hammond had been in jail since Aug. 2 for failing to keep an appointment with the probation department prior to Monday’s sentencing hearing, and as a result, DeVilbiss granted him credit for 28 days of presentence confinement and suspended the remaining 32 days of jail time.
“Your probation is specifically conditioned upon you establishing a residence and getting a job,” DeVilbiss said. The judge added that Hammond also must not get into any further trouble for trespassing.
Hammond’s conviction stems from a June 13 incident when he unlawfully entered an occupied apartment on Cooper Avenue, apparently to get some sleep for the night.
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