Jail time dealt in alcohol crimes in Steamboat
Graves and Atkinson sentenced this week
September 10, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Nancy Graves, the Routt County woman who pleaded no contest after she struck Steamboat Springs resident William "Rick" Hagberg with her car in February, was sentenced Friday morning to 60 days in jail.
She also was ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution and $3,895.20 in fines and costs, and to complete 64 hours of community service within a year. She was given three days' credit for time served before the sentence.
Graves, 68, pleaded no contest to vehicular assault, a Class 4 felony, and driving while ability impaired, a misdemeanor. As part of a plea agreement, the felony judgment was deferred for three years, but she was sentenced to 60 days on each count, set to run at the same time. Graves checked into the Routt County Jail on Friday.
Routt County Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle said Graves paid the full amount of the restitution at the time of her sentencing. Prindle said Hagberg still suffers major effects from the crash. He is using crutches and has limited use of one arm, Prindle said, and he likely will be in treatment for some time.
"I think given the circumstances and the facts of the case, I think it was a fair and reasonable disposition," he said.
Graves also will have to complete an alcohol education course as part of her one-year probation.
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Graves was driving west on U.S. Highway 40 on Feb. 5 when she struck Hagberg as he crossed the highway on the east side of Steamboat Springs. Hagberg was reportedly thrown 83 feet from the impact and was airlifted to Denver Health. He since has returned to Steamboat, Prindle said.
Alcohol to minors
Steamboat man Ryan Atkinson, 26, also was sentenced this week to one year in jail and three years of probation after pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and providing alcohol to a minor.
Atkinson reportedly provided alcohol to a group of minors including four who were younger than 18 at a Jan. 10 party on Routt County Road 14B. During the party, a 17-year-old girl fell backward over a second-story balcony railing onto snow-covered concrete below.
The girl reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.286, more than three times the legal limit to drive, which is 0.08. The girl was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center and later flown by air ambulance to a Denver-area hospital, where she was in a coma for some time.
Prindle reported that the girl has made significant improvements, and decisions about asking for restitution are not yet finalized. The DA's office has 90 days to make the decision, according to state statute.
As part of the plea agreement, judgment on the felony was deferred for three years with three years of probation, but Atkinson will spend a year in jail on the misdemeanor charge.
He also was ordered to pay fines and make a $750 donation to Grand Futures of Routt County, and to complete 150 hours of community service. Atkinson checked into Routt County Jail on Thursday to begin his sentence.