Decision on ex-prosecutor near

DA sends packet to court stating whether he'll file charges

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— One year after Charles Feldmann resigned his post as a prosecutor in Steamboat Springs, an envelope with a decision whether he faces criminal charges is on its way to Routt County Court.

On Tuesday, 5th Judicial District Attorney Michael Goodbee said he was sending a packet out by the end of the day to the courthouse in Steamboat Springs.

Goodbee said the packet contains his decision of whether he is pursuing criminal charges against Feldmann.

Goodbee would not reveal what decision he has reached.

"I think you can see which way I am going with this," Goodbee said.

Goodbee would not elaborate further. He said he is reserving comment on the case until the packet reaches Routt County Court.

Goodbee said he expects for the information to reach the hands of Routt County Court officials by Thursday.

Feldmann's attorneys were not aware of the development. Kristopher Hammond said he has not talked to Goodbee in about a month.

"I'm dying to know what is in that package," Hammond said. "My client is also anxious to know."

For the past year, Feldmann has been the focus of an independent investigation conducted by Goodbee's office.

"This has been hard on him because this has been hanging over his head for the past year," Hammond said.

According to court documents, Goodbee is examining Feldmann's expense fund between October 2000 and the time of his resignation May 14, 2001.

Feldmann worked for 14th Judicial District Attorney Paul McLimans for about five years in Steamboat Springs but abruptly resigned.

The expense fund was a point of contention for Feldmann and McLimans in the days leading up to the resignation. The two men met May 10, 2001, and Feldmann resigned four days later.

After Feldmann resigned, McLimans requested an independent investigation be conducted. Routt County Judge James Garrecht appointed Goodbee's office to handle the inquiry.

Neither McLimans nor Feldmann are speaking publicly about the case.

Goodbee's investigation has been delayed and at times pushed to the back burner because of the number of cases in his district, which includes Summit and Eagle counties.

Goodbee originally assigned the case to one of his deputies, Rob Wheeler.

Wheeler was close to making a decision in November but was suspended by Goodbee in December.

Wheeler was suspended because he told Koleen Brooks, the former embattled Georgetown mayor, she was the target of an investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in September.

Because of Wheeler's suspension, Goodbee started working on the case in January.

In February, he met with Feldmann and his attorneys, Hammond and Michael O'Hara, to discuss the investigation.

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