Court roundup: Man gets 3-year sentence for parking lot assault in Steamboat Springs

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Matthew Shane Merritt Penrose

— A man has pleaded guilty to second-degree assault related to the May beating of another man in the City Market parking lot and has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Matthew Shane Merritt Penrose, 26, also will have to serve two years of mandatory parole and pay $546.50 in costs. He received credit for 47 days already served in jail.

The assault happened May 5, when police were called to the grocery store where Mark Balsiger, 34, of Steamboat, was sitting in the parking lot with a bloodied face.

According to witnesses, the two men were arguing and things escalated. According to court records, Penrose slapped Balsiger, punched him and then pushed him into a truck. While on the ground, Penrose then stomped and kicked Balsiger in the head, the affidavit states.

Jury trial scheduled for shooting case

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Steven Torres

A seven-day jury trial starting Oct. 17 has been scheduled for the man accused of firing a gun June 9 toward three people in a downtown Steamboat Springs bar.

A preliminary hearing was held Feb. 14 for Steven Torres, who has been in custody at the Routt County Jail since the incident.

The court found there was probable cause for the 11 charges filed by the Routt County District Attorney’s Office. Torres has been charged with five counts of attempted murder and a charge alleging Torres illegally discharged a firearm. There also are five crime of violence charges that are known as sentence enhancers related to the use of a firearm.

Preliminary hearing postponed for sex assault case

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John Holland Brothers Jr.

A preliminary hearing again has been postponed for former Steamboat Springs Christian school teacher John Brothers, who is accused of sexually assaulting a boy.

The hearing was scheduled for Thursday, but Routt County District Attorney Brett Barkey asked that it be delayed. Barkey has an issue with the possibility that the victim’s father might be forced to testify at the preliminary hearing.

Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann objected to the preliminary hearing being postponed. Brothers has been in custody since April 2012.

Judge James Garrecht will meet with attorneys at 1 p.m. Wednesday to determine how to proceed with the case.

Investigators think Brothers sexually assaulted the boy between April 2006 and May 2008. There have been 17 felony charges filed against Brothers.

Case continued for woman accused of faking cancer

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Elizabeth Emilie Bateman

The case against a former Steamboat Springs woman who police say faked having cancer has been continued until 2 p.m. Aug. 7.

Elizabeth Emilie Bateman, 35, appeared Wednesday in Routt County Court. She turned herself in at the Routt County Jail on May 10 and was released after posting a bond.

She has been charged with Class 4 felony theft.

Bateman, who currently lives in New Mexico, is accused of hosting a fundraiser for what is thought to be a fake cancer charity and spending the $7,000 in proceeds on herself.

Police began investigating the incident in March after police say Bateman posted on Facebook that she had faked having cancer.

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

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