Assault suspect to undergo mental-health testing

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— Before a 23-year-old Australian man enters a plea to felony charges, he will undergo mental-health testing.

Richard Kelvin Lillingstone-Hall is submitting to the testing to try and give his attorney, Norm Townsend, and Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James an explanation for the alleged crimes he committed in April.

"This is an aberration of Mr. Lillingstone's life," Townsend said of the alleged incident. "It appears to be so out of character for him. We want to find out why

this happened."

Because of the testing, Lillingstone-Hall's case was continued Friday in 14th Judicial District Court to September.

Townsend wants the testing done before his client enters a plea to felony second-degree assault causing bodily injury and two counts of felony criminal mischief.

He also faces two counts of misdemeanor mischief and harassment

Lillingstone-Hall, who has worked for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s ski school for the past two ski seasons, allegedly broke the left cheekbone of Irvin Fisher and damaged Fisher's vehicle the evening of April 11.

According to court records, Lillingstone-Hall was attending a gathering with other ski school employees at the Steamboat Grand Hotel.

An intoxicated Lillingstone-Hall allegedly broke a window to the hotel's upscale restaurant when he heaved a chair through it.

Once outside the hotel, Lillingstone-Hall allegedly stopped Fisher's vehicle by jumping on the hood.

After Fisher stopped the vehicle, he was allegedly punched in the face by his co-worker, court records show.

After Fisher drove away, Lillingstone-Hall allegedly attempted to stop a second vehicle. He was arrested by Steamboat Springs police the next morning when he showed up for work at the ski resort. He later posted $20,000 bail.

The time between the next court date will also allow Townsend and St. James to continue with plea-bargain negotiations.

"This is a complicated case," Townsend said. "There are potential immigration problems that I have to look into because Mr. Lillingstone is from Australia."

Lillingstone-Hall's work visa has expired, but he has been allowed to stay in the country because he has applied for an extension.

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