Drunken snowboarder pleads guilty | VailDaily.com

Drunken snowboarder pleads guilty

Greg Massé

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Michael Wolff, the young Texas man who crashed into a group of children while snowboarding drunk in 2003, pleaded guilty Thursday to violating his probation in that case.

Wolff, 21, of Killeen, Texas, admitted to violating four conditions of his probation. District Judge James Boyd said the four violations were failure to notify the probation department when he changed his address, failure to report to his probation officer, failure to seek or maintain employment and failure to finish a substance abuse program. “I’m in direct violation of the conditions of my probation,” Wolff said.

Wolff faces sentencing July 8. According to state law, Wolff could receive up to six years in prison, but Wilson told Boyd the plea deal involves a community corrections sentence. Community corrections is an alternative to state prison that is sometimes offered to nonviolent offenders. It provides 24-hour supervision, day reporting services, urine testing, and employment assistance. Offenders are allowed some degree of freedom through monitoring of their location while at work or attending treatment programs, the Community Corrections Web site said.

Wolff was convicted in August, 2003, of getting drunk and crashing his snowboard into a group of young girls who were taking a ski lesson at Sunlight Mountain Resort. The crash happened on March 15, 2003.

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