Man sentenced to two years for Aspen police encounter
ASPEN – A district judge Monday sentenced a former Aspen resident to two years in the Department of Corrections for his attempted assault of a police officer.
Monday’s sentencing hearing for Charles Brandon White, 29, marked the end of a case that began with his September 2009 arrest at the St. Moritz Lodge in Aspen following an altercation with police.
“I love my family,” White told the judge. “I wish this had never happened. I want this done and over with.”
Police arrested White after responding to a domestic-violence call. Officers said they were forced to shoot White with Tasers before he was subdued by a paramedic’s injection.
White initially was hit with six felony counts, but through an agreement he struck with the prosecution in September, he pleaded guilty to one felony count of second-degree assault on a police officer while in custody.
At the time of his arrest, White was living at the lodge with his girlfriend and two young children. She reportedly told police that he had struck her in the face. Throughout his legal ordeal, she has attended his court hearings and maintained contact with him.
As White left the courtroom Monday, they both blew each other a kiss.
The sentencing judge, Gail Nichols, wished White well and noted that his troubled childhood likely played a role in his criminal record. Even so, she said he needs to come to grips with his problems and not act out in a spontaneous manner.
White was represented by Aspen defense attorney Chip McCrory. Nichols gave him credit for the 211 days he served in Pitkin County Jail before posting bond.
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