DA ‘gives away farm’ to Aspen booze violators
ASPEN – Thirteen locals snared in January’s sweep by the state’s liquor enforcement division were issued 30-day deferred judgments Tuesday for selling alcohol to minors.
The defendants received summonses to appear in Pitkin County Court in Aspen, where Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin told them if they don’t commit any crimes within the next 30 days, the convictions will be wiped from their records.
“That includes not selling liquor to kids,” Mordkin told the defendants.
The defendants – who serve and sell alcohol at various Aspen restaurants, bars and liquor stores – readily accepted the deal. All of them pleaded guilty to serving alcohol to a minor. They were not fined, but ordered to pay court costs.
“We’re giving away the farm on this one,” Mordkin told the defendants.
Mordkin was filling in for prosecutor Richard Nedlin, who was out sick. Mordkin, who typically handles felony cases, said he could not comment about the deferred judgments because Nedlin arranged them.
The defendants appeared before Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely, who asked several of them what they would do to make sure they aren’t cited again.
Their answers carried a common thread:
“Ask for their ID,” said Jessis Andrade.
“Card everybody,” added Lorin Mones.
Others receiving citations were Stephanie Clayton, John Collett, Jessica Ellion, Greg Jurgensen, Stephen Kisker, Marek Mazur, Jacob Ramsden, Alex Szoke, Julia Takhusheva, Michelle Tennant and Donald Wyatt.
The busts occurred in mid-January, when the liquor-enforcement division of the Colorado Department of Revenue sent undercover, underage consumers into local establishments to buy booze.
Following the sweep, the Aspen Daily News reported that 12 of 19 Aspen businesses were cited.