Victory charges dropped as part of plea deal
June 15, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Dr. Colleen "Kelly" Victory, a local anti-medical marijuana advocate who was vocal in the fall about ballot initiatives to ban dispensaries, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading no contest to disorderly conduct.
The charge stemmed from the morning hours of Feb. 18, when police said Victory displayed a .38-caliber handgun while fighting with another woman after an event at the top of Steamboat Ski Area headlined by political commentator Ann Coulter. Victory was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and using a weapon in a prohibited manner, according to police.
Victory's attorney Charles Feldmann said Thursday that by pleading no contest to misdemeanor disorderly conduct, Victory was able to bring an end to the painful legal process.
"She was not going to admit to something that she did not do," Feldmann said. "This was a way to put things behind her and move forward."
Feldmann said Victory remained adamant that she did nothing wrong.
No contest pleas are treated by the court the same as guilty pleas.
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Victory was sentenced to perform 24 hours of community service and will be on six months unsupervised probation. She already had surrendered her concealed weapons permit and underwent an alcohol evaluation.
As part of a plea offer, the charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and using a weapon in a prohibited manner were dropped.
The incident started after a post-event gathering at a restaurant at the base of the ski area when Victory got into an argument with her friend, Lisa Watts, who advocated with Victory in the fall for banning dispensaries.
According to a statement written by Victory in Routt County Court, she and Watts had dropped off Coulter at her condo, and she and Watts began arguing about the execution of the night's event. The women then argued about whether Victory should drive home, and it escalated into a physical altercation, which is when Victory's concealed weapon was shown.
"I admonished Lisa to 'cut the histrionics and drama,' and I took my holstered weapon from my purse and laid it on the counter, functionally removing it from the equation," Victory wrote. "I told her that all I wanted to do was end the night, go home and go to bed."
According to police, Watts said that Victory threatened to "shoot her" if she tried to take away Victory's car keys and that Victory then displayed a handgun.
Victory wrote that she and Watts continued to argue in a parking garage and that she agreed to have her husband come and pick her up, but she had to move her car out of the garage.
Steamboat Springs Police Department officers arrived and subsequently arrested Victory.
Victory wrote that she refused field sobriety tests but that she wanted to have a blood test and officers refused to take her to have one done.
Feldmann said that in light of the incident, Victory's medical license was reviewed by state officials.
"They are not recommending any action in regard to her medical license," Feldmann said.
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