Thursday, November 8, 2007
Steamboat Springs Former Hayden resident Dusty Zabel pled guilty to reckless endangerment Wednesday in connection with a series of homemade acid bombs set off in Hayden during the first week of August.
Zabel agreed to a two-year deferred judgment, during which he will have to successfully complete two years of supervised probation, pay $4,056 in restitution, pay court costs and complete 120 hours of community service. Reckless endangerment is a Class 2 misdemeanor. A felony charge of possessing an explosive device was dropped as part of the plea agreement. That charge could have carried a sentence of as many as six years in prison.
Zabel and another 19-year-old former Hayden resident, Isaac Haskins, were charged with possession of an explosive device and reckless endangerment in September. The pair were accused of setting off between 12 and 14 acid bombs around Hayden.
Officer Darin Falk of the Hayden Police Department had to be treated for chemical bronchitis after breathing toxic hydrochloric acid fumes when handling the explosive devices. The Moffat County Hazmat Team had to decontaminate Falk's patrol vehicle as a result of the incident.
The restitution stipulated in Zabel's plea agreement will pay for those costs, said Larry Combs, the attorney who represented Zabel. Combs said Zabel is a good kid who made a bad decision.
Zabel could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
If he successfully completes his probation and abides by the conditions of his plea agreement, including writing a letter of apology to Falk and Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch, his misdemeanor charge will be dismissed. If not, the misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $750 fine.
Haskins' case is still pending.