Settlement reached in Aspen ‘Boot Man’ case
August 6, 2009
ASPEN – A disorderedly conduct charge against the owner of Aspen’s Crystal Palace building will be dropped if he does not commit a crime in the next 60 days.
Aspen Municipal Court Judge Brooke Peterson signed off Wednesday on a deferred judgment for Linden Nelson, who was arrested July 4 when he apparently got upset after Brit Queer, Aspen’s “Boot Man,” immobilized his vehicle at the Clark’s Market parking lot.
According to an arrest narrative written by Aspen police officer Chance Williams, Nelson claimed he had been parked illegally for 5 minutes. After he paid Queer to remove the boot, Nelson “became angry when he saw Queer give half the cash to the property manager,” Williams wrote.
“Police felt [Nelson] had the opportunity to just walk away and he just didn’t do it,” city prosecutor Jim True said in court.
He added: “There was never a fight, just a disturbance.”
True said a deferred judgment for Nelson, who did not appear in court Wednesday, seemed appropriate, given the fact that his Michigan home burned to the ground in the middle of July.
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“I do not feel it was in the best interest to bring him back,” True said.
According to published reports, Nelson’s house was as large as 24,000 square feet. Nelson is the chairman and CEO of Raleigh Michigan Studios, formerly Motown Motion Pictures.
Nelson bought the Crystal Palace building, located at 300 E. Hyman Ave., for $8.9 million in May 2008. He opened a restaurant there, but closed it earlier this year.