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Local man sentenced to 18 months in prison

EAGLE, Colorado - An Eagle County was sentenced to 18 months in prison after a judge ruled he was an habitual offender.

Chris Yellott pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and unlawful sexual contact, a felony.

Yellott's attorney, public defender Ross Harrington, argued for probation, saying that while his client might be on his way to becoming a career criminal, he was not there yet and prison would do nothing to help him.

Assistant District Attorney Steve Mallory disagreed with Harrington's assertion.

"The defense says he's on his way to becoming a career criminal. We think he's already there," Mallory said.

Yellott was with a few other people when he gave a girl a Percocet pain pill, for which Harrington said he had a prescription. The unlawful sexual contact charge stemmed from a massage he says he gave a woman later in the evening.

Before he was sentenced, Yellott read a long, emotional message to the court in which he apologized for this actions, for any problems he may have caused the woman. He said he had been attending 12-Step meetings while in jail and had stopped using alcohol.

Probation officers spoke against letting Yellott go free, telling District Judge Tom Moorhead that he's on felony probation in Georgia and that they want him back.

"We were after a prison sentence," said District Attorney Mark Hurlbert.

Yellott has a string of minor offenses in Georgia dating back to 1993. The felony charge for which he was sentenced in Moorhead's court was his first run-in with the law since moving to Colorado.


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