Plea likely in vehicular homicide case
June 20, 2005
A plea deal is likely for a Fort Collins woman who was allegedly driving drunk when she caused an accident that killed a Redstone resident on New Year’s Eve.Stormy Lindblom, 25, is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI and careless driving causing bodily injury. During a brief hearing in district court Monday, her attorney, Chip McCrory, said Deputy District Attorney Andrew Heyl is taking over the case from Vince Felletter, the assistant district attorney.While there has been no firm offer from prosecutors, “we have talked about a potential plea,” McCrory said.Heyl said former Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols was working on a plea before she left the office. He said the agreement he will offer will likely be similar.Judge James Boyd agreed to give the sides more time to work out the plea deal but said the case needs attention. Lindblom’s next court date is July 18.Sex assault suspect pleads guiltyIn other court news, a Rifle man charged with sexual assault on a child pleaded guilty to a lesser offense yesterday.Angel Montanez-Marioni, 20, pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault on a child under 15. He was arrested in January after a five-month investigation by the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.Police alleged that Montanez-Marioni picked up the victim, a 13-year-old Carbondale girl, outside her home and asked her if she wanted to go to a park. He allegedly instead drove to a remote clearing outside Carbondale.At the clearing, “[the victim] stated that Mr. Montanez undressed himself,” according to the arrest warrant. “He then told [the victim] to undress, which she did, and the two then had sex.”But at Monday’s hearing, Heyl said the suspect “attempted to have sex” with the girl.If convicted of the original charge, Montanez-Marioni would have faced between two years to life in prison. If the attempted sexual assault charge is deemed to have aggravating circumstances, his sentence will be somewhere between six months to six years; if not, he will get three months to three years.Wearing the orange clothes of the county jail, Montanez-Marioni sat beside his attorney, Anthony Arguello. Six members of Montanez-Marioni’s family attended the hearing. The victim’s mother sat beside sheriff’s Investigator Bruce Benjamin.Boyd ordered Montanez-Marioni to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation before he is sentenced on Aug. 15.