Wille: `I’m guilty’
Cody Wille, one of four local young men implicated in the Aug. 5 armed robbery of Clark’s Market in Aspen, pleaded guilty to one count of felony robbery Monday in Pitkin County’s 9th Judicial District Court.
Before Judge J.E. DeVilbiss accepted the plea agreement, he asked the 17-year-old Aspen native why he was pleading guilty to the serious charge. Wille, dressed in a white, collared shirt, tie and slacks, and flanked by several family members, friends and supporters, replied, “Because I’m guilty your honor.”
Monday’s plea agreement stipulated that Wille will not face further criminal exposure for any other “known criminal episodes,” Deputy District Attorney Lawson Wills said. Wille’s sentencing is scheduled Feb. 14.
As part of the plea deal, Wille must pay restitution for the Clark’s robbery as well as for the Aug. 4 burglary of Airport Liquors, located in the Aspen Airport Business Center. He admitted to participating in the burglary but was not charged in that crime, according to testimony. The total amount of restitution was not announced in court yesterday.
Wille is the second of four young men to plead guilty to felony charges associated with the Clark’s robbery. Yuri Ognacevic, 18, pleaded guilty Nov. 8 to second-degree robbery and faces sentencing in late January.
Wille was one of three masked men who entered the store (two were armed) and made off with about $20,000 in cash, according to police reports. Ognacevic admitted he served as the lookout for the robbers and drove the getaway car.
Moses Greengrass, and Stefan Schutter, both age 18, also face felony charges related to the Clark’s heist.
Three other felony counts initially charged against Wille related to the Clark’s incident – conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, aggravated robbery and theft – were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
The Class 4 felony to which Wille pleaded guilty normally carries a two- to six-year prison sentence. However, for crimes characterized as “extraordinary risk” – such as as armed robbery – a sentence of up to 16 years can be imposed.
Wille is currently free on bond.
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