Man who allegedly skipped sentencing is back in court
September 26, 2012
ASPEN – A man who failed to show up in Pitkin County District Court for his July sentencing date after pleading guilty to a felony trespassing charge in May was back in court Tuesday.
The court advised Taylor S. Colton, 42, that he faces a new felony charge, violation of bond conditions, the result of his alleged failure to appear for his sentencing on July 2. Local authorities went to Utah to pick up Colton, a former Roaring Fork Valley resident, and booked him into the Pitkin County Jail on Monday.
The court set a date of Oct. 1 for an initial appearance on the felony bond-violation charge, according to Deputy District Attorney Richard Nedlin. Also at that time, the court is expected to discuss the sentencing matter related to the trespassing charge that had been set for July 2.
Nedlin said the bond violation “has the potential” to affect sentencing on the guilty plea, which was part of a deferred judgment agreement between prosecutors and Colton.
“There had already been an entry of the plea, but for the sentencing he just failed to appear,” Nedlin said.
Because of the no-show last July, District Judge Gail Nichols revoked Colton’s $10,000 bond.
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In the summer of 2011, Colton was accused of felony burglary and felony trespassing after he allegedly broke into a neighbor’s apartment and stole prescription drugs, cash and other items.
Aspen police last year investigated reports from a few local business owners that Colton fleeced them out of money for advertising materials. Also, one business owner said she paid for hundreds of dollars in advertising after Colton told her he was starting up a magazine, Aspen Moxie.
The magazine was never published, and no charges were ever filed in connection with those allegations.