Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Steamboat Springs A 35-year-old Canadian woman was sentenced to three years of supervised probation for the stabbing of a Steamboat Springs man on Thanksgiving.
Linda Anne Samis, of Peter--borough, Ontario, pleaded guilty to menacing, a Class 5 felony, in January. In exchange for her plea, the District Attorney's Office dismissed the second-degree assault she was facing in the stabbing.
Samis also was ordered to pay more than $9,000 in restitution and court costs and to complete a mental health evaluation. She was instructed not to contact the victim of the crime or the victim's roommate.
Samis was arrested Nov. 24 on suspicion of stabbing a man in the torso with a kitchen steak knife. According to police, Samis met the man at The Tugboat Grill & Pub and then went to the man's home to stay the night. Reports indicate the man woke up in the middle of the night to Samis screaming, and when he tried to comfort her, she stabbed him. The man's roommate held Samis on the floor until officers arrived to arrest her.
In Routt County District Court on Tuesday, District Judge Paul McLimans decided to accept the plea agreement, though the probation office recommended McLimans reject it.
St. James said he was not opposed to the plea agreement, especially because Samis' family agreed to help her pay the restitution she owed the victim of the crime, which was an ongoing problem because of Samis' financial situation.
Samis' attorney, public def--ender Trevor McFee, also did not object to McLimans accepting the plea.
St. James told McLimans that he and McFee agreed to the plea offer knowing Samis was going to be deported. McLimans said he was "uncomfortable" with that.
"My sense about this plea is you all wanted to wash your hands of this and just have her drift off to another country," McLimans said.
McFee assured McLimans that was not his intent and that Samis was not going home to cause problems. McFee said Samis was going home to the support of her family.
"It is (Samis') intention to go home and get the help she needs. She isn't running amuck. She won't be on the streets," McFee said.
St. James said the plea was the only practical arrangement the attorneys could make considering Samis' financial and immigration status.
Samis apologized to the victims of the crime and her family, who flew from Canada to be in court Tuesday.
"I am desperately sorry for my actions. I am remorseful for the pain I caused the victim and his family and friends who care for him. I am so shocked and ashamed of myself. I want to apologize to the entire community of Steamboat Springs," she said.
Samis assured McLimans that while in Canada she intends to complete her probation successfully and comply with other court orders such as having a mental health evaluation conducted and seeking treatment.
A 33-year-old Wheat Ridge man was sentenced to four years of intensive probation on charges of possessing less than 1 gram of psilocybin mushrooms.
Jon Atencio also was ordered to pay more than $3,500 in drug and court costs.
Atencio was arrested in December after officers found the mushrooms, marijuana and several prescription drugs in his car. Police officers noticed Atencio and 22-year-old Kyle Fredin sleeping in the car overnight. After talking with the men, officers noticed a small jar on the dashboard that they suspected contained drugs and decided to search the car.
District Judge Paul McLimans explained to Atencio during his sentencing Tuesday that he was sentenced to a more severe probation because he is a convicted felon. Atencio pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a child in Golden in 1995.
Atencio objected. "I'm just asking you to consider more a punishment for the psilocybin, not my past," he said.
Public defender Trevor McFee represented Atencio.
A 24-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to 90 days in the Routt County Jail and two years of probation for theft of a snowboard, possession of cocaine and an assault on his father.
Jeremy Patrick Allee pleaded guilty to theft and possessing less than 1 gram of a controlled substance in January. A pending third-degree assault case from Routt County Court was attached to Allee's theft and drug case.
McLimans opted to sentence Allee on both cases at the same time.
Allee also was given 90 days credit for the jail sentence.
Allee was arrested in December after he reportedly stole a snowboard from the Gondola Square area. Allee was caught when the snowboard's owner recognized his snowboard and called police. After Allee was taken into custody, officers found a small bag of cocaine that apparently fell out of his coat on the patrol car's floorboard.
Allee pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in an earlier unrelated incident involving his father.