Local given jail time, probation for driving and drug charges
A Snowmass Village man convicted last month for possession of cocaine, DUI, driving under suspension and possession of drug paraphernalia, was sentenced to six months in jail and four years of probation in 9th Judicial District Court Monday.
Jeffrey Copenhaver, 30, was also ordered by Judge J.E. DeVilbiss to attend 20 hours of alcohol education classes, fulfill 30 hours of counseling, perform 160 hours of useful public service, and pay an unspecified amount in court costs, fees and restitution. As a condition of Copenhaver’s probation, he must abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs.
Judge DeVilbiss said Copenhaver will be allowed to participate in the Pitkin County Jail’s work release program after serving 60 days in jail.
On Feb. 4, following a three-day trial, a 12-person jury found Copenhaver guilty as charged on all four counts, stemming from events occurring the night of Dec. 16, 1997.
That night, a bus driver alerted Snowmass police of a visibly intoxicated man who had crashed his truck into a concrete planter and then driven off. Police later located the truck and Copenhaver, whom the bus driver identified as the driver of the truck. And while police were in Copenhaver’s apartment questioning him, they found a small amount of cocaine and a pipe used for smoking illicit substances.
The sentence imposed on Copenhaver by Judge DeVilbiss was in accordance with the recommendation of parole officer Kyle Miller, but it fell short of what Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills asked the court to hand down Monday. Wills asked DeVilbiss to sentence Copenhaver to one year in jail for the driving under the influence conviction – the maximum sentence under law.
“It’s incredible how little the defendant has learned, given what he has been through,” Wills said.
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