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Renegade camper back behind bars

Charles AgarAspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey just wants Carol Alexy, 64, to vacate the county open space in Aspen where she’s been squatting.But Alexy, who was found guilty on five counts of illegal camping in February, will not back down.She was arrested at the Aspen Pitkin County Library on Thursday afternoon by Aspen Police after she failed to appear for a pre-sentencing hearing.After a night in Pitkin County jail, Alexy appeared in county court Friday in Aspen to face a video conference and pre-sentencing hearing with Hershey and Judge Paul Metzger.At Friday’s hearing, Alexy claimed Metzger wasn’t even a judge, that the whole proceedings were illegal and she was being held against her will for no reason.Alexy, who wore a sweat suit to court instead of jail orange, claimed she was not camping on open space land and said she was denied the right to a speedy trial, reading at length from a court tome. Standing as her own counsel, Alexy walked out on her February jury trial after waving a bible to cleanse the room and claiming the trial over by the power invested in her. Metzger was quick to point out that Alexy was convicted by a jury well within the six months after she pled not-guilty, and the judge gave Alexy ample opportunity for release on bond if she promised not to return to county open space.But Alexy demanded her possessions be moved before she would agree and continued to mount a garbled defense.”The district attorney is not a moving company,” Hershey said. After more discussion, Alexy went silent.”I regret that Ms. Alexy won’t cooperate,” Metzger said, adding he had no choice but to keep her in custody.Alexy is being held on a $1,250 bond. The court issued a transfer order, and Alexy will be taken to jail in Garfield County where she will meet with the probation department and will then face advisement on March 27, followed by sentencing.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is cagar@aspentimes.com.


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