Man jailed for Aspen dance floor incident
July 7, 2009
ASPEN – A man was given a 14-day jail sentence for throwing a glass at another man on the dance floor of the Belly Up Aspen nightclub in December.
Matthew Adam Horn, 25, also received a three-year deferred judgment and must perform 48 hours of public service as a part of a sentence delivered by Pitkin County District Judge James Boyd.
Horn called his actions “out of character.”
“I would never wish that on anybody,” Horn, a Cornell graduate who teaches for the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club, told the court. “I’ll never forgive myself for it.”
Horn also wrote a letter to the parents of the AVSC students he taught last season, apologizing for his actions.
“It speaks highly of his character to reach out to the parents of the kids he coaches,” said his attorney, Mark Rubinstein.
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While handing down the sentence, Boyd said the crime was so serious that the victim underwent surgery to one of his eyes. Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin suggested that the victim could have chronic vision problems because of the incident.
“People who are victims lose trust in the community,” Boyd said, adding that the victim wanted Horn sent to prison.