Man cuts a deal in cheese case
September 23, 2009
ASPEN – A caddy who got into a squabble with his roommate over some cheese pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor false-imprisonment charge, as part of a plea deal that resulted in the dismissal of two felony charges.
Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely ordered Jon Douglas Williams, 58, to pay a $100 fine and placed him on probation through Sept. 7, 2010.
He originally faced separate, class-five felony charges of false imprisonment and menacing, which each carried prison sentences of one to three years.
The disposition comes after police arrested Williams in August for allegedly wielding a knife on his 20-year-old caddy roommate at their Snowmass Village apartment. The dispute arose when the roommate accused Williams of eating some cheese from a refrigerator the two shared.
The next day Williams wrote the roommate’s name on the cheese packets, which led to an altercation between the two. Williams, apparently upset that his roommate called him “stupid,” grabbed a kitchen knife and threatened him, police alleged in court filings.
The victim later called Snowmass police to report the altercation.
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“Mr. Williams lost his patience, [resulting in] these charges,” his attorney, Greg Greer, told the judge. Greer called the incident an “aberration.”
When the judge asked Williams what he would do next time if in the same situation, he replied: “Hopefully I won’t have to share a refrigerator with someone. But obviously next time I wouldn’t do it again.”
Greer told the judge that Williams, who was out of jail on $6,000 bond, plans to go home to Houston, where he lives during the fall and winter seasons. During recent summers he has worked as a caddy at the Maroon Creek Club.