Washington man pleads guilty to stabbing, drugs on Monday
EAGLE — A Washington man admitted he stabbed a man in the back during a fight at a party and that he owned the backpack full of drugs that police found.
Chase Allen Speegle pleaded guilty Monday to assault and possession of drugs with intent to distribute.
On Feb. 15, Speegle, now 20, and Aliyah Dolores McVay, now 19, had just arrived in the valley from East Wenatchee, Washington, and went to a party in The Tarnes, Beaver Creek’s employee housing apartments.
Trouble started almost immediately when they opened their tan backpack to display the narcotics they had inside, witnesses told Eagle County Sheriff’s Office investigators.
The apartment’s occupants said they didn’t want any trouble and asked Speegle and McVay to leave.
The two left but returned a short time later and started a fight. That’s when Speegle stabbed the victim in the back with a 7-inch knife.
The 24-year-old victim was rushed by Eagle County paramedics to the Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was stitched up and released.
After the stabbing, some of the other party-goers “subdued” Speegle until police could arrive. At his initial court appearance last year, Speegle’s face was cut and his left eye was black.
BACKPACK FULL OF DRUGS
When the fight started, McVay disappeared with the backpack and drugs — several vials of LSD and at least 2 ounces of methamphetamine.
When police arrived, some of the party-goers led the sheriff’s deputies who weren’t arresting Speegle to the apartment where Speegle and McVay were staying. That’s where deputies found the backpack full of narcotics. Deputies also quickly found McVay and arrested her.
Speegle was already in trouble following his guilty plea guilty to a Douglas County, Washington, assault in August 2013.
He was released in Washington on a personal recognizance bond and has completed alcohol treatment, he said during Monday’s hearing.
Along with a stint in jail and probation, prosecutors asked that he pay for his victim’s emergency room treatment, about $4,800, and the cost of bringing him back to Eagle County from East Wenatchee for Monday’s hearing.
He’s back in court later this month for sentencing.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.