Snowmass man reaches plea bargain in domestic incident |

Snowmass man reaches plea bargain in domestic incident

Aspen Times Staff Report

A Snowmass Village man charged with beating up his girlfriend and then stealing another woman’s car to avoid being arrested has reached a plea bargain with the district attorney.

Marc A. Westenburg, 38, pleaded guilty to menacing, a class five felony, and third-degree assault, a class three misdemeanor, on Monday in Pitkin County District Court.

He originally was facing two felonies for criminal mischief and menacing, two misdemeanors for third-degree assault and false imprisonment, a domestic violence allegation and aggravated auto theft, all of which could have landed him in prison for six years if convicted.

But under the terms of the deal, all but one felony and one misdemeanor were dismissed, meaning he now faces a possible sentence of three years in prison.

According to police, Westenburg had a fight with his 32-year old girlfriend on Sept. 6 that sent her to the hospital with serious injuries.

More than a week later, after being interviewed by police about the matter, Westenburg allegedly stole a car belonging to a friend of his girlfriend. The woman said he called her on a cell phone to tell her he was fleeing, but that he showed up back in town a short time later.

According to statements made in court on Monday, Westenburg owes more than $3,000 in restitution for damages to his girlfriend’s apartment and will be ordered to undergo a domestic violence evaluation as part of the plea bargain.

He will be in court again on Jan. 29, 2001, for sentencing.

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