Plea bargain offered to Aspen man

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” A plea deal has been extended in the case against a 46-year-old man accused of more than 25 felony and misdemeanor counts for allegedly providing liquor to a minor and making sexual advances on the youth in Aspen.

Defense attorney Kathy Goudy said Aspen prosecutors tendered the plea offer Friday in the case against Dandy Vickery.

After Monday’s hearing in Pitkin County District Court, Goudy said she could not discuss the terms of the offer. Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin also declined to comment.

Vickery, of Aspen, is accused of 20 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and seven counts of unlawful sexual contact. The delinquency counts are class IV felonies. The latter counts are misdemeanors.

Vickery also faces three habitual criminal counts, which stem from incidents in Utah and Washington. The counts are a result of felony convictions in 1991, 1992 and 2002.

If convicted, he would face hundreds of years in state prison because the prior felonies trigger sentencing enhancements that would add decades to his term.

Aspen police arrested Vickery in March on a warrant issued out of Pitkin County. The arrest stemmed from incidents at or near Rubey Park, authorities said.

Vickery, who was being held on $15,000 bond at the Park County jail, is to next appear in court June 1.

In other court matters Monday, a preliminary hearing was set in the case of 21-year-old Emanuel Gonzalez-Loujun. He is accused of five felonies, including sexual assault and kidnapping, in connection with his Jan. 17 arrest at the Centennial apartment complex in Aspen.

Gonzalez-Loujun was arrested shortly after a witness called 911 about an alleged sexual assault. His preliminary hearing is to take place at 1 p.m. June 23 in Pitkin County District Court.

Gonzalez-Loujun was being held on $250,000 bond at the Pitkin County jail.

Also, a trial date was set in the case against Sohan Shrestha, 37, of Aspen. He faces one felony count of sexual assault and a misdemeanor assault count. The felony count carries a penalty of four years to life in prison if convicted.

Shrestha is set to stand trial Nov. 30. The jury trial is expected to last 10 days although it could be canceled if the defense and prosecution come to terms on a potential plea deal that recently surfaced.

He would likely plead guilty to a misdemeanor count of unlawful sexual contact.

Shrestha has been in jail since he was arrested Aug. 26 for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman at the former Cooper Street Pier. The bar and restaurant was shuttered last year, and has since reopened under a different name and management.

Shrestha had managed the business.