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Wille denied

Aspen Times Staff Report

Robbery suspect Cody Wille won’t be allowed to resume his regular classes at Aspen High School, the Aspen School Board decided on a 4-1 vote Thursday.

Wille, 17, a senior at Aspen High School, was arrested in late September on charges related to the Aug. 5 armed robbery of Clark’s Market.

The vote of the board was mandated by Colorado state law, which stipulates that when a student is charged with a “crime of violence,” the board must proceed in one of three ways, Superintendent Tom Farrell said. The board can rule to start the process of expelling the student, school the student at home, or allow the student to attend school.

Authorities initially filed a crime of violence count against Wille, as well as three other felonies. However in court Monday, when another set of charges was filed against Wille, the specific crime of violence count was dropped.

Farrell said the board’s vote is reflective of the advice it received from the school district’s attorney.

“Even though the words `crime of violence’ were dropped from the charges, the law clearly defines aggravated robbery as a crime of violence,” Farrell said.

Wille’s teachers have personally agreed to tutor him in the evenings, Farrell said.

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