Fight charge against man dismissed

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— A felony assault charge against a 21-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of stabbing two men at a Halloween costume party was dismissed Friday.

Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann threw out a charge of second-degree assault he filed in November against Lucas Ryan Johnson.

The prosecutor dismissed the case, which was scheduled for arraignment in District Court, because he believed he could not prove Johnson's guilt.

"At this point, I do not believe it is ethical to continue the case," Feldmann said. "I believe I could not prove the case to a jury of 12 beyond a reasonable doubt."

Feldmann said the main reason for the dismissal was because was what happened that evening last October, as he understood it, had changed.

"The facts I believe today are different from the facts of when I filed the charges," Feldmann said. "Since the incident, we have had more time to gather more facts. This case involved liquor and fighting. It was already a difficult case to prosecute."

Feldmann would not go into specifics about the facts.

Johnson's attorney, Norm Townsend, said he believed Feldmann had no choice but to dismiss the charge against his client.

"It was the right thing to do," Townsend said. "I commend Mr. Feldmann on his integrity and for doing the right thing."

After the short court proceeding, Johnson thanked his attorney and left the courthouse.

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