Steamboat Springs A Steamboat Springs man pled guilty to reduced charges of menacing and criminal mischief in Routt County District Court on Wednesday, in connection with an incident at Ski Jam during which he allegedly assaulted a Steamboat Springs police officer earlier this month.
Karsen Timothy Johnson, 20, was originally charged with two felonies, second-degree assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, and a misdemeanor charge of possessing alcohol as a minor.
Johnson was detained Jan. 15 during the North Mississippi Allstars' concert, where he was creating a disturbance and allegedly harassing the band members, according to police. Johnson also appeared to be highly intoxicated, police said.
While police were waiting to transport him to Routt County Jail, Johnson allegedly slipped one of his hands out of his handcuffs and struck one of the arresting officers in the face, resulting in minor injuries.
Johnson has agreed to complete 60 hours of community service, as well as alcohol monitoring and anger management instruction. His final sentence likely will include probation instead of jail time, said his attorney, Trevor McFee.
Given his charges, Johnson could have received up to four years in jail and $150,000 in fines, District Judge Shelley Hill said.
Johnson is due to be released from Routt County Jail on a personal recognizance bond. He is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing at 3 p.m. April 4, after a pre-sentence investigation from the probation department.