Woody Creek man pleads guilty in gunfire case
ASPEN – A Woody Creek man pleaded guilty Tuesday to prohibited use of a firearm following his arrest nearly three weeks ago for firing a multitude of gunshots from outside his home.
Robert Doane’s plea agreement includes a 24-month deferred judgment, 16 hours of public service and court fines of $158.50. He must also undergo an alcohol evaluation and not consume alcohol for the next two years.
Should Doane comply with the terms of his plea deal, the misdemeanor conviction will be dismissed on April 22, 2014, according to court papers. If he doesn’t, he faces 180 days in Pitkin County Jail.
As part of the plea agreement, prosecutor Richard Nedlin agreed to dismiss a misdemeanor reckless endangerment charge.
Doane, 54, has no prior criminal history, court records show.
In the early evening hours of April 4, Doane caught the attention of his neighbors at Woody Creek Plaza when he fired several shots from a handgun outside his trailer home. One of the shots struck an adjoining home, which was unoccupied at the time, authorities said.
Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies initially tried to contact Doane, but with no success. He would neither open his door nor answer his phone, authorities said.
Knowing that Doane was intoxicated and armed, deputies backed off the scene and evacuated the residents of nearby trailers near Doane’s. Deputies stationed themselves about 50 yards away from Doane’s residence, out of his sight. Meanwhile, deputies contacted a friend of Doane’s, who entered his home and was able to calm him down.
At approximately 11 o’clock that night, some seven hours after the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the gunfire, Doane walked out of his home, with his friend, and not aware that deputies were waiting for him. Deputies arrested Doane, who was uncooperative at the time, Deputy Jesse Steindler said.
Sheriff Joe DiSalvo noted at the time that the outcome could have been much worse. No one was hurt, and Doane was safely taken into custody. DiSalvo declared the result of the episode a “peaceful resolution.”
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