Teen robber facing at least 10-year term | AspenTimes.com

Teen robber facing at least 10-year term

John Colson

Moses Greengrass, one of the dozen local teen-agers linked to a crime spree in Aspen last year, is scheduled to be sentenced today to a minimum of 10 years in prison.

The prison term is part of a plea bargain struck between Greengrass, 19, and the local district attorney’s office.

But Greengrass’ attorney last week filed a request for a continuance until March 13 so that two medical experts can be on hand in court to testify.

Greengrass has pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery in connection with holdups at Clark’s Market in Aspen on Aug. 6, 1999 and The Village Market in Snowmass Village on Sept. 19, 1999.

He also was charged with burglary and auto theft, stemming from a break-in at the Twining Flats home of Arnold Simon in September, but those charges were dropped in return for the guilty pleas.

According to attorney Gary Lozow’s motion, Greengrass has been recently examined by two different doctors in connection with head injuries he received in a car accident.

The two doctors’ testimony is necessary for the judge to make a fully informed decision with regard to sentencing, Lozow states in his motion. One of the doctors cannot be in court today because of a scheduling conflict, according to Lozow, but will be able to be in court in Aspen on March 13.

Although District Judge J.E. DeVilbiss had not agreed to the continuance as of noon on Friday, sources in the courthouse said that the request might be granted today.

Lozow could not be reached for comment on Friday. Rizzuto, Colver due in court Also due in court today are Anthony Rizzuto and Thomas Culver, two 19-year-olds accused of pulling an armed robbery at the Aspen Alps condominium complex on Aug. 6, the night after the holdup at Clark’s Market.

According to police, the two men walked into the complex’s main office at around 10 p.m. that day, and held up the lone clerk at gunpoint.

Both men also face charges in connection with other crimes.

Rizzuto is accused of taking part in the Twining Flats burglary, while Colver has been charged with possession of drugs that police say were found in his possession during a routine traffic stop in Aspen.

Both Colver and Rizzuto were scheduled to appear for preliminary hearings before Judge DeVilbiss today, at which Deputy District Attorney Lawson Wills was to attempt to convince the judge that there is sufficient evidence against them to put them on trial.

Both men previously waived their rights to the preliminary hearings, however, and the district attorney is said to be working on plea bargains with their attorneys.

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