Steamboat Springs Gregg H. Grabowski was given a chance Monday morning to straighten out his life instead of going to prison for robbing a convenience store on Thanksgiving.
Also Monday, William S. Russick, who was with Grabowski during the crime, pleaded guilty to felony robbery and will be sentenced in May.
Grabowski had pleaded guilty to the same charge, a class-four felony, in February for robbing his former employer, the Kum and Go store in Steamboat Springs. The 23-year-old was sentenced Monday by District Judge Richard P. Doucette to 90 days in jail, placed on four years of supervised probation and ordered to pay $800 in restitution.
Doucette also ordered Grabowski, whom his attorney described as having a "huge substance-abuse problem," to get alcohol and drug treatment, undergo drug testing, refrain from drinking alcohol and complete 225 hours of community service.
Grabowski also was ordered to pay $10 for every day he is in the Routt County Jail.
"I'm sorry to you and anybody else who was involved in this," Grabowski said to Doucette before he was sentenced. "For the past six months, I have been clean. I don't know why any of this happened. It is a very serious crime, and I'm sorry."
Doucette followed the sentence recommendation of the probation department.
"I thought strongly of rejecting the recommendation," Doucette said. "But I will give you an opportunity. I hope you take advantage of it. It may be your last. You obviously have all the tools to be successful. If you want to ruin the rest of your life, get back into drugs."
Grabowski was with Russick in the early morning hours of Nov. 23 when the two men robbed the Kum and Go of close to $1,000.
Russick could be sentenced to 1 to 12 years in prison, three years of parole and be fined as much as $500,000.