Plea deal reached in monk-painkiller case
ASPEN – A man caught on tape stealing painkillers from a monk’s bedroom has reached a deal with prosecutors that could wipe the incident from his record if he stays out of trouble for the next year.
Daniel Kramer, 23, of Carbondale pleaded guilty Monday in Pitkin County District Court to the class-six felony of possession of less than 4 grams of a schedule-two substance (Vicodin). The plea agreement includes a one-year deferred judgment, and the dismissal of the felony counts of second-degree burglary and two misdemeanors – one for theft and one for unlawful use of a controlled substance.
Over the next year, Kramer will be under the supervision of the drug court. Should he not commit any crimes during that period, the conviction will be expunged from his record.
Kramer surrendered to Pitkin County authorities on Nov. 2 after a warrant was put out for his arrest.
One of Kramer’s alleged thefts was caught on a surveillance video collected on Aug. 29, when he entered Father Joseph Boyle’s bedroom at the St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass and took a prescription bottle containing five Vicodin tablets, according to the arrest warrant affidavit. The bottle was stolen during Mass, Boyle told authorities.
The tiny camera had been placed in Boyle’s room after the monk, along with a fellow brother at the monastery, said their prescription drug bottles had been disappearing. The brother claimed that 10 pills of his Percocet, prescribed for a back surgery, had gone missing from his bedroom at the monastery in December.
All told, Boyle said there were five incidents of painkiller-drug thefts from the rooms, dating back to November 2009.
The video footage was entered into evidence, and CBS4 Denver aired it on a recent newscast.
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