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Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – A former cage fighter who pleaded guilty two months ago to one felony count of second-degree assault on a police officer while in custody will be sentenced in Pitkin County District Court on Dec. 5.

Charles Brandon White, 29, was arrested in September 2010 at the St. Moritz Lodge following an alleged altercation with Aspen police, who were responding to a domestic-violence call. Police said they were forced to shoot White with Tasers before he was subdued by a paramedic’s injection.

At the time, 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.

Originally, Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin charged White with six felony counts. Through a plea agreement Carbondale defense attorney Chip McCrory struck with prosecutors in mid-September, White faces two years in state prison on the single assault charge. Or he could be sentenced to three years in Community Corrections, an alternative to prison similar to a halfway house.

During a hearing Monday to determine a sentencing date, Judge Gail Nichols told White she was “not sure which way I’m going to go” with regard to sentencing.

She noted that while White has “a lengthy record of violence,” he also has “positive things in his background.”

“My view of you is that as long as you are sober, there are no problems,” she said.

White is free on bond.

ASPEN – A man with a lengthy criminal record locally and across the state was back in Pitkin County District Court on Monday, two months after he skipped a plea hearing.

Devin Schutter, 32, was due in court Sept. 22 for a hearing with prosecutors and Judge James Boyd on charges that would have sent him to prison for as long as 6 1/2 years. When Schutter skipped the proceeding, Boyd issued three bench warrants totaling $140,000 for his arrest.

In all, more than 20 criminal cases have been filed against Schutter in Colorado since 1998, according to public records. Local charges against him have ranged from drug distribution to parole violation and theft.

On Monday, Boyd set a date of Jan. 5 to review the case. The plea deal that was struck in August between Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin and defense attorney Kevin McGreevy, of Denver, called for Schutter to admit to two counts of probation violation along with one guilty plea to a misdemeanor assault.

Now that deal is off the table. Mordkin said more time is needed so that he and McGreevy can sort through the complexities of the case.

Mordkin said Schutter faces several charges, including violating probation and bond conditions. He is being held in Pitkin County jail.