Tased man faces misdemeanors
A 29-year-old local man who allegedly attacked Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies and had to be shot with a Taser last month will face only misdemeanor charges in connection with the incident, a prosecutor said Monday.
Reese Castiglioni initially was charged with felony assault on a police officer in addition to misdemeanor DUI and resisting arrest in connection with the June 18 incident. However, he will now face a charge of misdemeanor third-degree assault on a police officer instead of the felony charge because it better fits the elements of his alleged crime, prosecutor Andrea Bryan said.
If he’s convicted of the assault charge, he will face mandatory jail time, she said.
Castiglioni and his girlfriend, Valoa Villaloz, 49, both attacked deputies who were investigating a drunken-driving and domestic incident that occurred after both attended the Food & Wine Classic.
Villaloz jumped on a deputy’s back after he tried to arrest Castiglioni, while Castiglioni became more combative with deputies and had be shot with a Taser twice, according to court documents and Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo.
A Colorado Bureau of Investigation detective later cleared the deputy who fired the Taser of excessive force after two law enforcement officers who saw only the second Taser firing filed a complaint questioning the necessity of the second Taser firing.
In other court news Monday:
• A local interior designer charged with bilking two clients out of tens of thousands of dollars also will face charges of failing to file a tax return and failing to collect or pay taxes, a prosecutor said Monday.
Renee Bowden, 58, appeared in Pitkin County District Court on Monday, where she learned that she faces between two and six years in prison for each of the two felony theft counts she’s been charged with as well as between one and three years each for the tax-related charges, prosecutor Anne Norrdin said.
Bowden told District Judge Chris Seldin that she plans to contact local attorneys and apply to the public defender’s office before her next court appearance.
Bowden allegedly stole more than $140,000 from two clients who hired her to renovate their properties.
• A 36-year-old local woman pleaded guilty Monday to filing a false report with authorities and failing to report an accident after crashing her car earlier this year and reporting it stolen.
Kelly Redwine called police in November 2014 to report her Ford Explorer stolen. The SUV was found in May 2015 wrecked in Snowmass Canyon, and police were able to match her DNA with blood found in the car, according to a police report.
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