Summit judge dismisses snowball case |

Summit judge dismisses snowball case

Nicole Formosa
Summit County correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. ” The assault and harassment charges against an Australian man who threw a snowball at a Copper Mountain co-worker in February were dropped on Thursday morning.

The district attorney’s office filed a motion to dismiss the charges saying it was in “the best interest of justice” to do so. Summit County Court Judge Ed Casias accepted the motion during a brief hearing Thursday morning.

A jury trial was scheduled for Thursday to determine whether Thistleton was guilty of third-degree assault and harassment.

Thistleton said he was overjoyed at the outcome.

“It’s a long time overdue, but I’m certainly happy with the result with the trial being dismissed. … It’s just a never ending nightmare, but now it’s finally over,” Thistleton said before leaving the Summit County Justice Center.

Thistleton threw a snowball at co-worker Michelle Oehlert last February, which she told police caused her pain.

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Casias ruled a mistrial in the case last Friday after Oehlert brought up new allegations during her testimony that hadn’t yet been heard by the defense or the prosecution.

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