Wille may go back to class | AspenTimes.com

Wille may go back to class

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen School District officials are expected to decide today whether or not to allow robbery suspect Cody Wille to return to school, according to Superintendent Tom Farrell.

Wille, 17, a senior at Aspen High School, is presently being schooled at home.

He was arrested in late September, during gym class, and has since been charged with three felonies – aggravated robbery, theft and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery. The charges stem from the Aug. 5 holdup of Clark’s Market.

Earlier, Wille had also been charged with a “crime of violence” count, related to the aggravated robbery. That charge has since been dropped, though Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills has indicated the charge could be reinstated.

In cases of alleged crimes of violence against a student, Colorado law requires a school board to do one of three things, according to Farrell. The board must either start the process of expelling the student, home-school the student, or “allow the student back if they do not believe the student is a threat,” he said.

“The dilemma is obvious,” he said, “specifically since the charge of crime of violence was dropped. The discussion now is, are the existing charges to be considered a crime of violence?”

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