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Fugitive snowboarder tracked down

Greg Masse

Michael Wolff, the fugitive convicted of crashing his snowboard into three girls on Sunlight Mountain while drunk, was arrested in Pennsylvania and now faces up to 18 years in prison for violating his probation.

Wolff, 21, of Killeen, Texas, has been missing since January. He was found April 10 at Chambersburg Hospital in Chambersburg, Pa., and arrested on a nationwide warrant. The warrant was issued by Glenwood Springs District Judge T. Peter Craven on Feb. 18 after Wolff violated his probation.

As a result of the probation violation, Wolff can be resentenced for each of the crimes to which he pled guilty – which could add up to 18 years.

A court clerk in Chambersburg said Wolff was assaulted and taken to the local hospital for his injuries, where he reportedly was uncooperative and gave hospital administrators false names.

Hospital staff called Chambersburg police, who discovered Wolff was wanted on the felony warrant in Colorado. Once he was treated for his injuries, police booked Wolff into the Franklin County, Pa., jail.

Wolff signed a waiver of extradition on Sunday, which means he won’t fight Colorado’s efforts to bring him back to the state. He should be back in the state in about two weeks, 9th Judicial District chief deputy district attorney Gretchen Larson said Tuesday.

Wolff pleaded guilty last summer to one count of felony negligent child abuse causing serious injury, misdemeanor child abuse causing injury and three counts of reckless endangerment for the snowboard crash.

The crash, in which three children ages 5 to 7 were injured, happened March 15, 2003, on Sunlight Mountain. One of the girls, Reilly Malone of Lawrence, Kan., suffered a broken arm.

Wolff was sentenced by 9th District Judge James Boyd in August to an in-patient alcohol treatment program, three years of probation and 240 days in Garfield County Jail. He served 152 days in jail prior to the sentencing and Boyd suspended the last 88 days of jail time so Wolff could enter an alcohol rehabilitation program.

Wolff violated his probation by being unfavorably discharged from the rehab program for “deceptive behavior, a poor attitude and intimidating other residents” on Jan. 6, Larson said.


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