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Judge: Alleged Aspen burglar is OK to stand trial

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
whaupt@aspentimes.com
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN, Colorado ” A judge Tuesday found a Texas man competent to stand trial for allegedly breaking into a home in Aspen, Colorado.

Steven Howard Lee Honett, 60, faces two felonies in connection with the alleged crime in January 2007.

Pitkin County District Court Judge James Boyd determined that Honett had demonstrated a reasonable degree of understanding about his case. The judge’s ruling came a day after a competency hearing was held at the court.



“I do find Mr. Honett is competent to proceed in this case,” Boyd said.

The judge then ordered Honett back to court at 10:30 a.m. March 16 for an arraignment.



Boyd also ordered Honett free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

As it stands, Honett must not consume more than 5 ounces of wine per day, and has to return court messages within a 24-hour period. Those messages are to be retrieved at a restaurant in Glenwood Springs.

Honett must also not commit a felony while out on bond.



Honett had in the Colorado Mental Health Institute in Pueblo before he was transferred to the county jail. He was committed to the facility last year after he failed a pre-trial, court-mandated evaluation.

Honett was arrested Jan. 15, 2007, after he allegedly broke into a residence on East Hopkins Avenue, drank three beers and fell asleep in the master bedroom, according to a police report.

A caretaker noticed lights on inside the home, and alerted police. When police arrived about 10:15 p.m. Honett came to the door and spoke with police. He said a friend had told him it was fine to stay at the home.

When he was asked to name the friend, Honett could not produce an answer. Authorities then took him into custody and booked him on felony burglary and trespassing charges. Honett is from Texas but has lived in the Aspen area for some time.

whaupt@aspentimes.com


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