Local man heads for prison for pair of felonies
A 20-year-old local man who in the last year and a half has had numerous scrapes with the law was sentenced to three years in prison yesterday in Pitkin County’s 9th Judicial District Court.
Oswaldo “Ozzie” Mena Cordoba was sentenced in two unrelated felony cases – a $500 theft in 1998 and a criminal attempt at theft last summer – though in Judge J.E. DeVilbiss’s view, Mena Cordoba’s performance on probation was what warranted the prison time.
“What we’ve got here is multiple, repeated violations of probation and multiple, repeated criminal behavior,” DeVilbiss said. “You have said, `I’m ungovernable,’ not with your mouth, but with your actions.”
DeVilbiss, who has known Mena Cordoba for some time and shown him leniency and patience in the past, said he would reconsider the three-year prison sentence if Mena Cordoba completes the demanding, regimented inmate training program offered for young prisoners.
“If you make it through the regimented inmate training program, then the case can be reconsidered,” DeVilbiss said. “But you’ve got to prove that you want to live outside an institution.”
Prior to sentencing, Mena Cordoba, a former standout figure skater, told the court that during his extended presentence incarceration, he found God.
“I created a pattern of lying, trying to show people I had money when I really didn’t and they knew it … I was only fooling myself,” Mena Cordoba said. “But now I have picked up the Bible, your honor, and given my life to Jesus Christ. I need a lot of discipline in my life and I need some guidance. I’m a troubled kid, but I’ve got a great heart … I’m prepared to change and I feel I’ve already started to change.”
John Van Ness, Mena Cordoba’s attorney, asked for a two-year prison sentence.
“The theft was of some $400 or $500 and the second criminal episode that’s he’s being sentenced for was when he took his mother’s car and his stepfather’s credit card and took off for a couple weeks,” Van Ness said. “He has admitted those crimes are true, but the two crimes, within the range of what constitutes those crimes, are not on the high end.”
DeVilbiss granted Mena Cordoba credit for 220 days of presentence confinement.
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