Del Herman, suspect in dog shooting, appears in court
May 4, 2011
Steamboat Springs — A man who has admitted to police that he shot a dog that later died in the Indian Trails neighborhood in March appeared in Routt County Court on Tuesday.
Lawyer Sandy Horner represented Del Herman, who is out on bail and attended the hearing. Horner said he has had several discussions with Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle about a plea agreement, but before entering a plea, Herman must complete an anger evaluation. He is scheduled to do that Thursday and is next due in court at 10 a.m. May 16.
Horner told Judge James Garrecht that Herman is considering pleading guilty to a felony that would have a deferred judgment. There is also an option of Herman pleading guilty to two misdemeanors, Horner said.
Horner told the judge they had made "considerable progress" in reaching a deal.
The charges filed against Herman by the Routt County District Attorney's Office are aggravated cruelty to animals, a Class 6 felony; and misdemeanor disorderly conduct related to discharging a firearm in public.