Man who allegedly tried to bite officer gets probation
The man who was arrested last July for barking, picking a fight and allegedly trying to bite a police officer has been sentenced to five years of “intensive supervised probation” and 100 hours of community service.
Andrew Michael Shaw, 29, pleaded guilty to menacing, a class five felony, and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, over the July 19 fight that involved his girlfriend, several other friends of theirs and at least four Aspen police officers.
Officer Sandy Brownlee was called to the Holiday House lodge at about 1 a.m. that morning. She reported seeing Shaw struggle with his girlfriend and throw her against a wall.
Brownlee grabbed Shaw and threw him to the ground, according to police statements, handcuffing his wrists and binding his ankles. In the meantime, other cops arrived and tried to calm the situation.
Officer Rob Fabrocini jumped in to help Brownlee, who reportedly had been kicked in the left arm. At that point, according to Fabrocini, Shaw lunged at Brownlee’s leg in an attempt to bite her.
According to the report, Shaw then tried to bite Fabrocini, who wrestled him to the ground. Three other officers then stepped in, picked Shaw up and carried him to the back of a squad car.
The incident began, said witnesses, when Shaw and his girlfriend were heading home after a night of celebrating their pending move out of Aspen. Shaw started to “bark,” the witnesses reported.
He was joined by one of his friends, but the friend soon stopped and, according to statements made in court on Monday, told Shaw to “shut the f**k up.” Judge J.E. DeVilbiss was told that Shaw has done well in a drug and alcohol treatment program, has a steady job in Denver and is a good candidate for probation.
Deputy District Attorney Lawson Wills recommended that Shaw spend two months in jail, but the judge agreed that Shaw seemed to be cleaning up his act and noted, “I never thought … that you were a bad young man.”
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