Youth pleads guilty to charges in Carbondale assault case |

Youth pleads guilty to charges in Carbondale assault case

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” One of seven teens accused in connection with the assault and robbery of two Carbondale women in January pleaded guilty Wednesday in Garfield County Court in Glenwood Springs.

It was the first plea among the cases stemming from an assault that shocked the community.

The boy pleaded guilty to robbery and third-degree assault, and also to conspiracy charges related to both counts. He also pleaded guilty in another unrelated case, to a charge of felony criminal mischief.

The boy appeared in court alongside his parents and made no statement. Both cases were continued to May 27 for sentencing.

Also Wednesday, Garfield County Court Judge Paul Metzger appointed public defenders to represent two of the boys and one of the girls charged for their alleged roles in the January assault.

Assistant District Attorney Tony Hershey was not pleased that the defendants had not yet obtained legal counsel, as previously instructed.

“We have had no movement,” Hershey told the judge. “Nothing has happened since the last appearance.”

Hershey said proceeding without counsel was not prudent, given the nature of the cases.

As one of the boys sat in front of the judge, alongside his mother, Hershey again expressed the need for the teens to have legal representation.

“In all of these matters, I would recommend for them all to contact the public defender’s office,” Hershey said.

Four boys implicated in the assault are each charged with robbery by the use of force, two counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, allegations of criminal attempt to commit robbery, theft and conspiracy to commit theft.

Each of three girls charged in the assault face counts of third-degree assault and two counts of conspiracy to commit third-degree assault, among other charges.

The defendants are not being identified because they are juveniles.

The girls are accused of attacking two women, ages 24 and 26, as they walked home in downtown Carbondale on Jan. 29. They girls then got into a vehicle with the boys, according to authorities.

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