Texas man gets 16-day sentence for Steamboat fight

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Cody Austen Geldard

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Alan James Johnson

— A 24-year-old Texas man was sentenced to 16 days in Routt County Jail for his role in a Jan. 6 fight in Torian Plum Plaza near the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

According to court documents, Cody Austen Geldard admitted to police after the incident that he kicked a man in the head with steel-toed boots. Kris Rubio was treated for facial fractures, and Geldard was charged with two counts of second-degree assault.

As part of a plea deal, Geldard pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault. The charge carries a deferred judgment, meaning the felony will not appear on Geldard’s record if he abides by the conditions of supervised probation during the next 30 months.

Geldard checked into jail after the sentencing Friday and was given credit for four days he already had served.

“I think we were able to convince the judge that this was an isolated incident, he has no history of being aggressive or belligerent and a 16-day sentence was all that he needed,” Larry Combs, Geldard’s Steamboat attorney, said Tuesday. “He has been physically, emotionally and psychologically sick since this incident. This was totally out of character for him.”

Geldard also was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. He must pay $2,103.30 in fines and costs, and he might have to pay restitution to Rubio at a later time.

Police think the fight was the second one that occurred that night between groups who were in Steamboat for the MusicFest concerts.

During the first fight, a 25-year-old man was punched in the face, causing a tooth to be dislodged and another tooth to fracture. Alan James Johnson, of Florence, was charged with second-degree assault and false reporting to authorities. According to police, Johnson lied and said he was the brother of Rubio, the man who got kicked in the head.

Johnson, who was 26 at the time of the fight, pleaded guilty in June to third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation, ordered to complete 36 hours of community service and has to pay $2,429.50 in fees and fines.

Johnson was represented by Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann.

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

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