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Teen is first to be sentenced in Carbondale assault

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” One juvenile who pleaded guilty in connection with the Carbondale assault of two women was sentenced to a year of supervised probation and other stipulations Wednesday in Garfield County Court.

He was the first juvenile sentenced in the case in which four boys and three girls are accused of attacking a 26-year-old and a 24-year-old woman as they walked home in downtown Carbondale on Jan. 29.

The 26-year-old woman suffered a severe black eye, pain and bruising, with several different marks on her face after the teenage girls allegedly attacked her. The other woman suffered similar injuries.

The boy, who recently graduated from Aspen High School, was determined to be the driver of the getaway vehicle after the assault.

Garfield County Court Judge Paul Metzger also sentenced the boy to 40 hours of community service, a mental health evaluation and counseling if determined necessary by his probation officer. He pleaded guilty to robbery and third-degree assault, and conspiracy charges on both counts, in April. He also pleaded guilty in another unrelated case on charges of felony criminal mischief in an incident where he and another boy vandalized a car by spray-painting it and breaking the windshield with a baseball bat.

“There is no excuse for this type of behavior,” said Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey.

Hershey expressed to the boy that this sentencing was an opportunity for him to straighten his life out, and that had he been an adult the sentence could have been much more severe.

Metzger agreed with Hershey, saying that the boy’s behavior in these cases did not appear to be consistent with the way he lives his life, and that he would have considered a much more lengthy sentence if the boy had prior criminal incidents.

“I am really sorry about what happened that night,” the boy told Metzger. “What happened that night has really changed my life.”

He added that he knows the events of that night have also changed the victims’ lives, as well.

The boy’s parents apologized to the victims, who were not present, and to the court for their son’s behavior.

“We are really sorry for what happened to these ladies,” said the boy’s father. “We can’t imagine how their lives must have changed because of this.”

The boy’s mother said that she would like to offer to help the victims however she is able.

Another boy charged in connection with the Carbondale assault case also appeared in court Wednesday. It was the first time the boy appeared with counsel. He is scheduled to reappear in June. The other cases in connection with the assault are pending.