Legal woes continue for alleged Aspen drug dealer
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado
ASPEN ” An alleged transgression in another county raised the stakes Friday in the legal saga of Aspen resident Devin Wallace Schutter, who found himself jailed again after the latest incident.
Schutter, 29, appeared Friday before District Court Judge James Boyd for a hearing at which he was accused of violating the terms of his bond conditions in Pitkin County, a day after being arrested by Aspen police on an outstanding warrant.
The warrant was issued in connection with a charge of distribution of a schedule I substance in Fremont County. The felony charge is punishable by four to 12 years in prison, according to sentencing guidelines.
As a result of the arrest, Deputy District Attorney Richard P. Nedlin sought to increase the amount of Schutter’s existing bond, which stems from a February arrest.
“It just seems there is a major public safety issue here,” he said.
However, Boyd said the issue could be taken up at a later date and declined to increase Schutter’s bond amount, which sits at about $200,000. Nedlin also told the judge that he would file a new case against Schutter for violation of bond conditions in Pitkin County.
Once the judge assigned a case number, he asked Schutter if he wanted to speak to the issue.
Schutter said that the warrant came out of nowhere, and he was “in shock” about the incident.
“I don’t know how I violated my bond here [Pitkin County] when I haven’t been there [Fremont County] in two years,” he told the judge.
Schutter also told the judge he was working full time, and meeting all the conditions of his bond in Pitkin County. While the judge credited Schutter for showing up for his court dates, albeit “not always on time,” he expressed concern about all of the allegations stacked up against Schutter.
Boyd concluded that a “substantial bond” was warranted in the new case, and he set the figure at $250,000. Schutter ” shackled and clad in an orange, jail-issued jumpsuit ” was then led back to jail by authorities.
He is scheduled to next appear in court Nov. 17.
Schutter, who has been in and out of legal trouble for years, found himself in a spot of bother in late February when authorities arrested him at his mother’s house.
He faces multiple counts as a result of that arrest, ranging from drug possession with intent to distribute, to probation and parole violations from earlier cases. Schutter had been free on bond until he was arrested Thursday.
His next court date in that case is set for Dec. 22.
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