Drunken break-in gets man probation
September 5, 2001
Steamboat Springs — A 25-year-old man who entered a neighbor’s apartment in a drunken stupor was placed on one year of probation and ordered to undergo counseling for alcohol.
On Wednesday in Routt County Court, Adam Joseph Reichley pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges, criminal mischief and harassment, in connection with the August incident.
Judge James Garrecht also ordered Reichley to abstain from alcohol for a year.
Garrecht also fined the young man $100 and ordered he pay an additional $138 in court costs.
“The alcohol had a major impact on this case,” Garrecht said. “You need to address this issue. “You’re lucky. I know of similar cases like this where a person has been shot.”
Reichley pleaded guilty to the two misdemeanors because Deputy District Attorney David Moffat agreed to dismiss a felony trespass charge.
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Moffat negotiated the plea agreement with Reichley’s attorney, Norm Townsend.
Reichley entered the wrong apartment about 2 a.m. Aug. 7.
Reichley, who lives at 770 Weiss Drive in Apartment 7, forced open the door of Apartment 7 at 765 Weiss Drive.
“He went into a neighboring apartment thinking it was his own,” Townsend said. “He doesn’t remember much of the incident.”
At the time, three men who lived in the apartment were sleeping and were awakened when Reichley entered. Reichley barged into a bedroom room and questioned why a man was sleeping in his room. The three men confronted Reichley in the kitchen as he was taking food out of the refrigerator. The men tried to find out where Reichley lived by asking him questions but he responded in an aggressive manner and told the men to get out of the apartment.