Man gets 90 days for role in stabbing |

Man gets 90 days for role in stabbing

A construction worker who stabbed an acquaintance near Aspen Highlands in June was sentenced Monday to 90 days in jail with three years of supervised probation.

Michael Lane Ball pleaded guilty Aug. 21 to felonious “second-degree assault – in the heat of passion,” stemming from the knife fight.

Ball, 34, was also ordered to pay the remainder of a $24,189 medical bill incurred by Adrian Cooley, the victim of the stabbing.

In Pitkin County’s 9th Judicial District Court Monday, Judge J.E. DeVilbiss also ordered Ball to abstain from alcohol and drugs, submit to random urinalysis tests, and attend weekly counseling for alcohol abuse, according to court documents.

DeVilbiss granted Ball credit for 90 days of presentence confinement, and as a result, Ball was released from the Pitkin County Jail Monday.

Ball was initially charged with first-degree assault, a class-three felony, in connection with the fight that landed Cooley, 33, in Aspen Valley Hospital for a week with multiple stab wounds to the torso, according to police reports.

Ball and Cooley had been camping near one another at the base of Highlands on June 23. While they were cooking dinner the two apparently got into a verbal dispute that quickly escalated into a physical fight involving two knives, according to police reports.

Ball was also stabbed once in the shoulder-area during the fight, and Cooley was later cited for misdemeanor harassment, according to police reports.

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