Man receives probation after getting knocked out in Basalt |

Man receives probation after getting knocked out in Basalt

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO, Colorado

ASPEN ” A 33-year-old carpenter who got into a dust-up outside a watering hole in Basalt was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months of unsupervised probation.

Thomas Murphy also was ordered to perform 24 hours of community service and abstain from alcohol for a year. Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely sentenced him in Pitkin County Court after he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

Murphy was arrested Nov. 22 in connection with a fight outside Stubbies Billiards and Games.

Deputy District Attorney Richard Nedlin said Murphy exited the business and walked toward the parking lot, where he encountered another individual. The person offered to give Murphy a ride home, Nedlin said.

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When Murphy apparently declined the offer, the individual who offered the assistance said he would call the police if Murphy got into his own vehicle.

At that point, Murphy punched the individual. The individual, who was identified by Murphy as a “friend of a friend,” retaliated by throwing a punch.

Nedlin said the punch “knocked [Murphy] out.”

Murphy was later arrested and charged with third-degree assault. The other individual was not arrested.

In other court-related issues, an Aspen woman pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and harassment for an incident with a local man in December.

Marisa Roongrueang, 25, was handed a deferred sentence of 12 months for the assault charge. The assault charge will be dropped if she completes her probation terms.

The harassment charge is a permanent conviction.

Roongrueang was arrested about 1:35 a.m., Dec. 5, outside Eric’s Bar in Aspen. The arrest stemmed from a confrontation with an Aspen man on Dec. 4 about 1:50 a.m., at the same location, according to police reports.

She reportedly confronted the man, described as an ex-boyfriend, and tried to grab his shirt. In the process, Roongrueang allegedly scratched the man’s neck. Police officers attempted to later contact Roongrueang but she could not be reached. Roongrueang was originally booked on two counts of third-degree assault and one count of domestic violence.

Ely also ordered her to complete eight hours of anger management classes and fined her $100, plus court costs.

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