William “Billy” Gustav Klett

Routt County Sheriff's Office

William “Billy” Gustav Klett

Police: Steamboat Springs man tried to kill wife

Steamboat resident faces attempted murder, assault charges

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— Bail has been set at $500,000 for a Steamboat Springs man accused of trying to kill his wife Thursday night.

William “Billy” Gustav Klett, 44, appeared by video conference Friday before Routt County Judge James Garrecht. Fourteenth Judicial District Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle argued for the high bail because he thought Klett posed a threat to his wife and to himself.

According to an affidavit filed with the court, Klett was at his home at 1459 Robert E. Lee Lane on Thursday night despite a restraining order forbidding him to have contact with his wife, who came home at about 7:30 p.m. Klett told his wife he had no place to sleep, and she agreed to let him sleep in a downstairs bedroom.

Klett came to the upstairs bedroom where his wife was staying, the affidavit states. When Klett was told to leave, he grew angry and started yelling at his wife, according to the affidavit. Klett would not let his wife leave the bedroom, and at one point, she opened a bedroom window and yelled for help. She was kept in the room for about 30 minutes but was able to escape when Klett got distracted, according to the document.

Steamboat Springs police reported that Klett followed his wife downstairs, knocked her down and “repeatedly smashed her face and head into the ground.” Klett also choked his wife and told her multiple times, “I’m going to kill you,” the affidavit states.

A doctor later would determine that Klett’s wife had suffered an orbital floor fracture, scalp and facial contusions and neck abrasions. She was treated and released from Yampa Valley Medical Center.

At about 10 p.m., a neighbor called police and said she heard a woman yelling and screaming from the home and then the lights went out. Sgt. Sam Silva and officer John McCartin arrived at the home and tried to talk with Klett, who was slowly driving his car in the driveway. McCartin reported that he could smell alcohol on Klett. When McCartin opened the driver’s side door, Klett sped away, and Silva had to jump to avoid getting hit, the affidavit states.

Police saw Klett pull on to Mount Werner Road but then lost him. When police contacted Klett by cell phone, Klett said he was going to kill himself using exhaust from his vehicle. Police located Klett on Eagle Glen Drive and found that he had attached a garden hose from his tailpipe and it was running into his car, according to the affidavit. Police then took Klett into custody.

At Routt County Jail, Klett told police his wife had attacked him with a knife and he had to defend himself. Police reported that Klett had not suffered any injuries and that there was no sign a knife was used during the incident.

Klett was represented in court by Routt County public defender Sheryl Uhlmann. Uhlmann argued against the high bail and told the judge that Klett has ongoing mental health issues. Uhlmann did not return a phone call Friday afternoon seeking comment. Klett is next scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. March 16.

Prindle expected to file charges with the court Monday. He said charges would include attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree assault.

— To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or e-mail mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

Comments

hereandthere 3 years, 5 months ago

Argued against high bail, while also stating that he has on-going mental health issues? Thanks Ms. Uhlman, but I don't agree with your idea of how to defend the public.

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Brian Kotowski 3 years, 5 months ago

Hopefully, Mrs. Klett will no longer ignore the provisions of the restraining order issued to protect her. Her husband is a scumbag, but she's guilty of exceedingly poor judgment.

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Patrick OKeefe 3 years, 5 months ago

Good point Sep. In some jurisdictions restraining orders work both ways. She should be charged with violation also. Not justifying his actions at all, but restraining orders serve a purpose.

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thalgard 3 years, 5 months ago

Sep...typical repugnican response...blame the victim...have you ever even considered that maybe she was terrified of this creep? Are you one of those cretins that explains a rape by saying she asked for it 'cause she was dressed inappropriately? Go nosh on a pig, jerk.

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1999 3 years, 5 months ago

I hope she recovers well, changes her locks and once and for all....stays away from this guy.

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Patrick OKeefe 3 years, 5 months ago

Not saying she asked for it. Just saying she could have prevented it. I pesonally have experience with restraining orders, and when they are in place they need to be followed. The order is there for a reason, and you must use it as it was meant.I cant second guess the exact situation, but perhaps a call to Police when she found this person in the house could, as would be required, would have prevented the incident.

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Patrick OKeefe 3 years, 5 months ago

And I agree with 1999. Change the locks, get over him, stay away. If you ever see his face, call the police, because he is too close.

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kathy foos 3 years, 5 months ago

Allegededly tried to kill her,Pilot,you know for sure that he tried to kill her?What happened to innocent untill proven guilty?Maybe next time she gets a restraining order on someone she will take it serious and call the cops when that person comes to the door(duh).He needs rehab or mental health ,and a fair trial.Since he claim's that she tried to kill him with a knife the story differs,but the Pilot took the victims side in the headline,hard to get a fair trial with the newspaper printing bias like that.Im not attacking the victim,she is the one that opened the door and let him in .She didnt report the contact till it went sour.She cannot be in control of everything and everyone and be supprised when it comes back on her.Restraining orders shouldnt be broken by either party.

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Patrick OKeefe 3 years, 5 months ago

We are only hearing one side. Why let him stay if things were so bad. I have said that I have experience in similar situations, and usually only one side is heard. I am not trying to defend the man, but am not ready to crucify him either. She agreed to let him stay.

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Fred Duckels 3 years, 5 months ago

The events of that evening are irrelevant in the whole picture. Where do they go from here? I think outside help is essential, if they knew the way, things would be different.

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Colette Erickson 3 years, 5 months ago

He said he had "no place to sleep" - this is a case of "no good deed (even if foolish and poorly thought out) goes unpunished."

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Brian Kotowski 3 years, 5 months ago

thalgard:

Congratulations! You've joined seeuski in the ranks of those whom I ignore on this board. Juvenile name calling & personal insults are evidently where it's at on your playground. More power to you.

I'll hang with the grownups.

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hereandthere 3 years, 5 months ago

In this instance, I believe Sep's comment is spot on. The reference to rape is not a proper analogy to this situation. The restraining order was violated by both parties, and there should be legal consequences to both parties.

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sledneck 3 years, 5 months ago

Too bad the cops found him. Sounds like he was getting ready to do us all a favor.

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ponyboyallen 3 years, 5 months ago

I was this guys roommate for about 1 1/2 years. First of all he has a long history of mental illness. He's had multiply impatient visits to John Hopkins mental ward. He's been on over 60 diffirent medications. He's had six Labotomys, so he says. Anyway, this guy is severely ill as you can imagine. This wife is a 23 year old migrant from Russia. Billy is 44. I was there when they met. She had no visa because it had ran out. she did not wont to return to Russia because she said the conditions where awful. Billy is also a "trust-funder", meaning his parents gave him a nice big house at his address. This is not the first time Billy has opened his door to his home to various needy girls around Steamboat and found him self in a world of trouble as a result of it. I told the girl about Billys unstable mental conditions. His mother plead with the girl to leave many times because she knows that every time Billy gets involved with a girl, court dates, and Law suits are soon to follow. Contrary to all this info, the girl would not leave and insisted that she wanted to stay and "Marry" Billy. With the marriage came her U.S citizen ship as well....Im not defending Billys actions, I know what he did is wrong, I also know he has the mentality of a 10 yr old boy. I also know this girl is not innocent by any means and she has had many oppertunitys to leave since this is not the first time something like this has happened with them. I personally dont believe the seriousness of this assault. I believe their may have been a struggle, but I do not believe he actually tried to kill her or had intentions on doing so......Bottom Line, she knew about his condition before they was married, yet she still married for what ever reason. And I am also sure she has no intentions on returning to Russia any time soon and I am also sure she is looking for ways to benifit from this current situation, which it sounds like she has already by being in sole possion of his home now........Billy, you should have listened to your mother!!!!

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seeuski 3 years, 5 months ago

@sep Stand up for yourself here and answer thalgard, I happen to agree with that blogger for once on your idiotic post above. You gain no points with your enemies by sheepishly bashing poor little ole me. WOW!

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Bill Dalzell 3 years, 5 months ago

SEP aren't you kind of name calling and throwing out personal insults yourself. (towards Seeuski) A bit of an odd and self righteous post. Not to mention very far from grownup.

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seeuski 3 years, 5 months ago

hereandthere, No feelings in politics and debates, just reason.

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