Griffith asked to pay $3,240 in restitution

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A 38-year-old Steamboat Springs man has been ordered to pay $3,240.50 in restitution costs for kidnapping and beating his ex-girlfriend.

In District Court on Friday, Judge Michael O'Hara ruled on how much Todd Griffith, 38, of Steamboat Springs, owed for the victim's medical expenses and the cost of prosecution. O'Hara postponed setting restitution costs for the damage Griffith did to the house of the victim's brother.

Last month, Griffith was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the incident. In October, a 12-person jury found him guilty of first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, third-degree assault and criminal mischief.

On Friday, Griffith's public defender Ron Smith argued that his client should not have to pay for the full amount of dental work that the victim received after the incident. Some of the dental repairs, which cost almost $1,400, were fixing problems not caused by the beating but caused by advanced periodontal disease, something years in the making, he said.

O'Hara ordered Griffith to pay the entire dental bill, which also included pulling and replacing three teeth.

"This was a ball Mr. Griffith put into action," O'Hara said about the added dental work.

Griffith also was ordered to pay $153 for two days of the victim's lost wages and $449 for x-rays.

Griffith was arrested Dec. 16, 2003, and was given a four-day trial in October. The jury deliberated about four hours before handing down its verdict.

Physical evidence and testimony from witnesses convinced the jury that Griffith broke into the victim's brother's Tamarack Drive home, beat his former girlfriend and then forced her out of the residence and dragged her from Tamarack Drive along the Yampa River Core Trail and to his trailer in Dream Island.

One police detective said he saw two sets of footprints in the snow along the bike path and two areas where it looked as if people had been struggling. Near these areas, he found the woman's shoes.

Police testified during the trial that when they saw Griffith leading the woman to his trailer, her clothes were so stiff and frozen they looked like cardboard. The victim also was bruised badly, and her feet were severely frostbitten when police found her.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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