Man gets probation for role in burglary |

Man gets probation for role in burglary

Aspen Times Staff Report

One of three people implicated in a mid-October burglary of an Aspen residence was sentenced to four years probation yesterday.

Sean McDowell, 24, of Townsend, Mont., and two other defendants – husband and wife Nathan and Jamie Koon, of Loveland – allegedly lost money in a drug deal. So “Nathan Koon grabbed up some skis, a briefcase, a pack with some clothes in it and other miscellaneous items” from the drug dealer as collateral, said assistant district attorney Lawson Wills.

McDowell participated in loading the gear into a pickup before the three drove off, Wills said. The items were stolen from a residence on Waters Avenue.

McDowell later pleaded guilty to class-four felony theft related to the incident, though both of the Koons’ cases are still pending. As part of the plea agreement, McDowell agreed to testify against the two codefendants.

McDowell has had numerous contacts with the criminal justice system in recent history and presently faces two pending felony charges in Montana, though this case represented his first felony conviction.

Judge J.E. DeVilbiss also sentenced McDowell to 90 days in jail, but gave him credit for 78 days of pre-sentence confinement. DeVilbiss ordered McDowell to earn a GED certificate, saying, “You’re 24 years old and you’re going to need to take responsibility for yourself.”

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