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`Standing man’ free

Aspen Times Staff Report

John Brian Hammond, better known in local circles as “Standing Man,” was released from the Pitkin County Jail Tuesday afternoon, when Judge Tam Scott agreed to suspend the balance of Hammond’s 60-day sentence.

Hammond, who had been in custody since last Wednesday, received favorable reviews from jail officials and for his useful public service work at the local landfill, said prosecutor Bill Hodges.

The balance of Hammond’s 60-day sentence will remain suspended on the condition that he not commit any violations of law, or visit Clark’s Market in Aspen, unless he first receives consent from the store’s management.

Hodges said that Hammond has a place to stay in Basalt and that his former employer has agreed to hire him back.

Last Wednesday, Hammond was convicted of disorderly conduct and acquitted of third-degree trespassing in Pitkin County Court. The charges stemmed from a disturbance outside Clark’s Market.

Hammond was sentenced to jail time because of a suspended 60-day sentence he received in September 1998 for a trespassing conviction.

His progress will be reviewed by the court on March 16.

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