Treadwell yet to decide on plea |

Treadwell yet to decide on plea

John Colson

One of the dozen local teen-agers accused of going on a crime spree last year suffered “some kind of brain injury” the year before the robberies took place, according to his attorney.

As a result, said attorney Daniel Gerash, the accused teen, Shea Estes (also known as Shea Treadwell) needs more time to figure out whether or not to take a plea bargain offered by the district attorney’s office, or take his case to trial.

Gerash told Judge J.E. DeVilbiss in court on Monday that he believes the case is headed for a plea bargain, though he could not be certain.

“I’m concerned that Mr. Estes needs more time than usual to process this information,” Gerash said, adding that his client just wants to “think about it a little bit longer.”

Gerash said he may also order a psychological evaluation of Estes.

DeVilbiss expressed concern that the case has dragged on for four months without a plea from the defendant, and suggested the case be set aside for 10 days until Feb. 24. But Gerash said it would be difficult to consult with the experts in that time.

So DeVilbiss granted a motion to delay proceedings until March 10, at which time the defendant must enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty.

Estes, 19, is accused of being the inside man who supplied information to three of his friends about how best to rob The Village Market in Snowmass Village.

The trio then robbed the store at gunpoint on Aug. 19, and one of the robbers allegedly pistol whipped the store manager after he had handed over the receipts for the day.

According to police, the three got away with more than $10,000.

One of the three friends, William “Wade” Hammond, 18, has been convicted and sentenced to three years in prison for his role in The Village Market heist. Of the two others, Moses Greengrass, 19, has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing, while Stefan Schutter, 18, has yet to enter a plea.

Schutter is currently being held in the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center, a jail for juvenile criminals, after pleading guilty to crimes committed in Aspen more than a year ago. Because he was a juvenile at the time the crimes were committed, his file is not open to the public.

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