Teen sentenced to prison for spring Aspen crime spree – Aspen Times

A Fort Collins teen pleadverted responsible Monday to collaborating in A felony offense spree in Asp…….


A Fort Collins teen pleadverted responsible Monday to collaborating in A felony offense spree in Aspen and Snowmass Village in April and was sentenced To three yrs in jail.

Caleb Rucker, however, will probably spfinish Greater than three yrs Inside the Coloradverto Departmalest of Corrections As a Outcome of of a earlier case from Larimer County That is anticipated to value him a seven yr sentence behind bars, Based mostly on the District Courtroom decide who sentenced him Monday.

“I did it to myself,” Rucker said. “All I ask for, your honor, Presently is mercy.”

Caleb Rucker

Rucker, 19, was staying with Perry Vresilovic, An space resident, at an apartmalest in Snowmass Village when The two teenagers allegedly broke into ancompletely different apartmalest Inside the complicated and stole a quantity of gadgets, collectively with a drone, jewelry and a glass bong, Based mostly on a police officer’s affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Courtroom.

Not prolonged after, The two males allegedly stole three automobiles and broke into seven completely differents Inside the Aspen space. Vresilovic, 19, was later arrested after he was found hiding in a bed room at Rucker’s girlfrifinish’s house Inside the North 40 neighborhood, wright here police advertditionally found keys to the three stolen automobiles and gadgets taken from the seven break-ins, Based mostly on the affidavit.

Rucker pleadverted responsible Monday To 2 counts of felony first-diploma felony trespassing — one to a constructing, The completely different to a car — and confronted between two And 6 yrs in jail. Rucker hadvert beforehand been sentenced to seven yrs Inside the state’s Group Corrections program after pleadverting responsible To 2 felony counts of Motorcar theft and two felony counts of Motorcar trespassing from Larimer County, prosecutor Don Nottingham said Monday.

The Group Corrections sentence is Extra probably to be transformed to a straightforward jail sentence now, said District Judge Anne Norrdin.

Norrdin mulled over Rucker’s sentence Monday and said she althought advertding more yrs to the seven Rucker is Extra probably to alreadverty face behind bars was extreme for property crimes. She advertditionally cited Rucker’s age and The fact that An extfinished jail sentence was Extra probably to exacerbate tHe factors that led him to her courtroom Inside The primary place.

“He Might be tright here (in jail) for upwards of 9 yrs,” Norrdin said. “I do discover that to be disproportionate to the crimes involved right here.”

Insteadvert, Norrdin sentenced Rucker To three yrs in jail for the crimes dedicated in Pitkin County, although she ordered thOn they be served concurrently to the Larimer County sentence.

Rucker informed the decide He is advertdressing factors involving substance abuse, behavior and psychological well being, and has A lot of assist from his mcompletely different and fiancée.

Vresilovic is scheduled To seem Tuesday in entrance of Judge Norrdin.

In completely different court-associated information:

• A Grand Junction man caught dwelling in a Mountain Valley house in 2019 with ancompletely different man who asserted “squatter’s rights” over the property pleadverted responsible Monday to felony trespassing.

Tyler Parks, 36, was sentenced To at least one yr of supervised probation for dwelling Inside The house on Mountain Laurel Drive, wright here he was arrested in March 2019.

His lawyer, public deffinisher Ashley Andrews, said he solely entered the responsible plea beset off he was caught in jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond — he was arrested after failing To seem in court on the preliminary costs — and needed to get on Together with his life. She said he relied on the assurances from his co-deffinishant, Isaac Brehm, who said he hadvert permission to be dwelling Inside The house.

“I’m very gullible,” Parks said Monday in settle foring the plea.

Nottingham and District Judge Chris Seldin forged doubt on Parks’ rationalization about believing Brehm owned The house or hadvert permission to stay tright here. Nonetheless, Nottingham acknowledged that not solely does Brehm Appear to be The first offender Inside the squatter scheme, He is Most probably to be Responsible for the stolen property found On The house.

Brehm, Who’s serving an unassociated sentence in an unspecified Coloradverto jail, advertditionally has prior felony convictions, wright hereas Parks felony doc is minor, he said.

• A Pitkin County District Courtroom decide forged doubt Monday on a current competency evaluation carried out by state psychiatrists on A particular person who claims he’s the second coming of Jesus Christ and ordered ancompletely different.

Andrew Johnston, 27, is charged with two counts of misdemeanor harassmalest for sfinishing threatening emails to a Pitkin County commissioner and ancompletely different authorities worker in April intimating that “capturing” and “killing” would happen. He advertditionally has been charged with felony stalking and beforehand pleadverted responsible to second-diploma assault/strangulation in Reference to a 2020 home violence incident, Nottingham said.

Johnston tried To hearth his public deffinisher all by way of Judge Seldin’s bimonthly felony docket Monday, and settle for a plea deal from the District Attorney’s Office that referred to as for as many as eight yrs in jail. Andrew’s lawyer, however, said that regardless of the evaluation from docs On the Coloradverto Mental Health Institute in Pueblo that Johnston is competent To face trial, she still hadvert considerations about it.

Seldin clearly shared these considerations and based on earlier statemalests attributed to Johnston, requested him a pointed question all by way of Monday’s digital court listening to.

“Do You think that about You are the Messiah?” the decide said.

“I am the second coming of Jesus Christ,” Johnston said. “I converse with God and have An in depth relationship with God and at one time I used to be Jesus Christ.”

Seldin quoted the competency evaluation as saying that Johnston concocts tales To regulate the court and the court course of. If that have been the case, however, “he Wouldn’t be telling me he was the second coming of Jesus Christ,” the decide said.

“I can’t sq. The inspiration of that evaluation,” Seldin said. “I’m not discovering something to assist the conclusion that Mr. Johnston is fabricating his account of being the Messiah.”

Nottingham said tright here’s a distinction between competency and sanity, and that he found no set off to object to the state’s conclusions about Johnston’s competency.

“Beneath the requiremalests of competency, I gained’t conclude this deffinishant is incompetent,” he said.

Seldin, nonetheless, ordered ancompletely different competency evaluation.