Convicted snowboarder back in court
Convicted snowboarder Michael Wolff was back in a Colorado courtroom Wednesday, just hours after being escorted back to the state by Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies.
District Judge Thomas Ossola advised Wolff that he would be charged with probation violation and given a $2,500 bond.
Wolff, 21, of Killeen, Texas, was convicted last summer of getting drunk and crashing his snowboard into a group of girls taking a ski lesson at Glenwood Springs’ Sunlight Mountain Resort on March 15, 2003.
Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said Wolff was flown from Pennsylvania to Colorado.
“Mr. Wolff was obtained by our transportation deputies and he got to jail early on Wednesday,” Vallario said. “That’s generally how we get people from out of state, we send two people to pick them up and fly them back. It’s a very expensive proposition, being statutorily required to transport prisoners.”
Wolff could be re-sentenced for each of the crimes to which he pled guilty – one count each of felony negligent child abuse causing serious injury and misdemeanor child abuse causing injury, and three counts of reckless endangerment. In all, he could face up to 18 years in prison.
After he was convicted last summer, Wolff was mandated to take an alcohol treatment program. He was kicked out of the program before completing it and left the county, so a nationwide warrant was issued for his arrest.
Wolff was arrested on that warrant April 10 at Chambersburg Hospital in Chambersburg, Penn.
According to Pennsylvania authorities, Wolff was nabbed that morning after he was assaulted by someone and taken to the hospital for his injuries. He reportedly was “uncooperative” and gave hospital administrators false names, prompting them to call police.
Once he was treated for his injuries, Wolff was taken into custody at a local jail and subsequently extradited from there. He’s scheduled for his next hearing in front of District Judge James Boyd on May 13.
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