2 Routt County men receive prison sentences
April 1, 2014
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs man accused of cutting his 17-year-old stepson in the arm during a fight in Dream Island Plaza has been sentenced to four years in prison.
As part of a plea deal, Rosarrio Pina-Lerma, 37, pleaded guilty to felony menacing Thursday. He originally was charged with attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault and two counts of menacing.
Investigators think that Pina was trying to harm his wife with a kitchen knife when the stepson intervened just before 2 a.m. Feb. 26.
According to an arrest affidavit, alcohol and loud music Wednesday morning led to the fight.
Oak Creek man receives 9-year sentence
An Oak Creek man was sentenced to nine years in prison for his role in the burglary and assault of two men using wooden boards.
Glen Alan Shaffer, 54, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery Thursday. He also originally was charged with first-degree burglary, but that charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
According to an arrest affidavit, Oak Creek Police arrived at a home at 7:24 p.m. Jan. 26. Police found two victims who reported that Glen Alan Shaffer, 54, and his son Glen Alan Shaffer Jr., 24, had forced their way into the house with boards and yelled "give us your money."
The victims told police the assault was preceded by Shaffer Sr. making "rude comments" to them earlier in the day.
Shaffer Jr. was released from custody after posting a $10,000 bond. His next court date is May 2.
Man likely to be deported after drug charge
A man suspected of dealing cocaine in Steamboat Springs was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years of supervised probation.
Julio J. Herrera, who was 24 when he was arrested April 22, also likely will be deported.
"Our contacts with the federal government have confirmed he will be deported in the wake of the conviction, although he has a later court date with an immigration court at which that final determination will be made," Routt County Deputy District Attorney Eliot Thompson stated in an email. "Some of the factors involved in reaching the agreement included the strength of our evidence, the resources required to try the case, his low level of culpability, the likelihood that he will be deported and barred re-entry to this country, and the cost of incarcerating a foreign national who would be deported at the conclusion of any jail or prison sentence.”
Herrera was arrested with three other men after a series of controlled drug busts arranged by the All Crimes Enforcement Team.
Herrera originally was charged with two counts of cocaine distribution and one count of possession. He pleaded guilty to possession, which is a Class 6 felony.
Man fined $500 for choice of undergarments
A Texas man who was accused of exposing himself while running around The Steamboat Grand hotel has been fined $500.
Brandon J. Cash, 33, of Austin, was arrested after the Jan. 6 incident during Steamboat MusicFest.
Steamboat Springs attorney Larry Combs represented Cash. Combs said Cash originally was charged with three counts of misdemeanor indecent exposure. As part of a plea deal, Cash pleaded guilty to public indecency, a petty offense. Combs said that by pleading to the lesser offense, Cash would not have to register as a sex offender.
Combs called Cash's actions horseplay, and the original charges did not accurately reflect that.