Jail fight charges dropped against Huber, Ellifritz
August 31, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Charges were dropped Wednesday against the two men involved in an altercation July 30 at Routt County Jail.
"Those who witnessed some or all of the incident gave conflicting accounts of what happened," Routt County Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle wrote in a statement. "Because there is a lack of clear evidence as to what actually happened, the District Attorney's Office is not pursuing criminal charges against either Mr. Huber or Mr. Ellifritz."
Misdemeanor harassment charges were filed against Adam Huber and William Ellifritz after they were involved in a fight while in custody at the jail.
Huber is serving a six-month sentence for stabbing a 14-year-old boy in the hand at Bud Werner Memorial Library in April. Ellifritz, the stabbing victim's brother, is in jail after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary and second-degree theft related to six burglaries at downtown businesses May 4.
An oversight at the jail allowed the two men to be in the visitation room alone even though it was known that they did not get along.
"My client is obviously very happy that his case was dismissed," said Grant Bursek, Huber's attorney. "It's commendable that Mr. Prindle continues to use his role as District Attorney to seek out appropriate justice."
Ellifritz's attorney, Randall Salky, said his client also was pleased with Prindle's decision to drop the charges. Salky said he thought Prindle would have had a difficult time proving the harassment case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Ellifritz may be sentenced for the downtown burglaries when he next appears in court at 1 p.m. Sept. 30.
Huber is scheduled to complete his sentence and be released from jail Sept. 22.