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Serial offender extradited from Minnesota to Aspen

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

A former Aspen resident who pleaded guilty to theft and drug charges in 2012 was extradited back to Colorado from Minnesota to answer to charges that he repeatedly violated probation.

Michael Kulik appeared in District Court on Friday, where Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely ordered him held on a $4,000 cash-only bond.

District Judge Gail Nichols, who is on vacation, initially sentenced Kulik to three years of probation after he pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2,400 from his Aspen employer as well as being in possession of cocaine. At the time, Kulik said he used the money to pay rent and had an oxycodone habit he couldn’t kick.

After he was sentenced in July 2012, his probation was transferred to Minneapolis, where he repeatedly missed appointments with his probation officer and was arrested in May 2013 for stealing more than $600 worth of items from a department store, according to court documents.

Kulik last checked in with his probation officer in February 2013, the documents state. His whereabouts between then and his arrest are unknown.

Kulik spent the past two weeks in custody, however, while he was being extradited to Aspen, said his lawyer Mark Rubenstein. Kulik told Fernandez-Ely that if he wasn’t allowed to reside in Minnesota, he had “no idea” where he would live in Aspen.

Fernandez-Ely agreed to allow him to reside in Minnesota if he posts bond, though she set the cash-only stipulation as more incentive for him to show up for court. Fernandez-Ely also reminded Kulik that not showing up would constitute another crime.

In other court news, a Basalt woman who received a two-year probation sentence after pleading guilty in 2012 to falsifying prescriptions at Carl’s Pharmacy also appeared Friday for allegedly violating her probation.

Laurie Reno had permission to travel to Utah in July but never returned to Colorado, said Aspen prosecutor Andrea Bryan. She also was arrested for assault on a health care worker.

Reno said she didn’t expect to be able to bond out of jail, so Fernandez-Ely kept her bond at $500 cash-only.


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