Man gets four years for vehicular assault

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A 53-year-old Craig man was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for vehicular assault and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Wesley Romans was found guilty of vehicular assault (DUI), a Class 4 felony, at the conclusion of a trail in June.

During the sentencing Thursday, District Judge Michael O'Hara sentenced Romans to four years in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $23,000 in restitution to the Denver family that Romans hit in an accident in November.

A restitution hearing is scheduled at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 to determine the final amount Romans will be ordered to pay the family.

Romans was arrested in November 2005 after he collided head-on with a car one mile west of Hayden on U.S. Highway 40. Romans' license had been revoked before the accident.

A second charge Romans was facing - driving under revocation - was dismissed, court records indicate.

Sexual assault case against man dismissed

Sexual assault charges were dismissed late last month against a 23-year-old Mauritanian who was accused of assaulting a 15-year-old Steamboat Springs girl.

Court records indicate that Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James dismissed the charges Aug. 23 because "the complaining witness no longer wishes to prosecute."

Sheryl Uhlmann, the man's attorney, said she urged St. James to dismiss the case months ago.

"(The man) was not guilty. It was clear from the detective's interview with (the alleged victim) at the hospital that this conduct was consensual," she said. "This was not a rape case. At best, this was a girl who changed her mind about what happened after the fact."

During the man's preliminary hearing in July, the girl testified she knew the man, had pursued a relationship with him and voluntarily engaged in some sexual behavior with him.

Comments

mkbar 8 years, 3 months ago

What is the legal age of consent in colorado?

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Momabear 8 years, 3 months ago

Where I'm from this fellow would be going to jail for sexual abuse of a minor at a minimum.

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mkbar 8 years, 3 months ago

they drop the charges against this guy completely. another guy punches a 16 year old girl and gets probation with no jail time. Does it seem to anyone else that the prosecutor's here care more about your garbage than they care about your children?

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fish 8 years, 3 months ago

Actually it makes me wonder what happened to this man that makes him target young women. He seems to not want to punish men who commit crimes against 18 year old and younger females.

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cheesehead 8 years, 3 months ago

first let me say I don't like our D.A. But people need to stop comparing the case of the assault on the 16 year old to the guys who took what they thought was trash. the first guy had a lawyer contact the victom, and the victom's family went to court and told the judge jail time was not desired. If these two guys would've gotten any decent legal help it would have resulted the same way. this is why you PAY for goods and services, instead of taking what you think someone doesn't want and getting free legal advice from friends.

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