Settlement hearing set in Charlie Sheen’s Aspen case
ASPEN – Actor Charlie Sheen appears to be close to reaching a settlement with prosecutors over his domestic violence arrest on Christmas Day in Aspen.
A new court date has been set for Sheen, 44, who is being charged under his birth name, Carlos Irwin Estevez. Sheen is scheduled to appear in Pitkin County District Court at 4 p.m. Monday, June 7. The court date was set this week. Previously, Sheen’s next court appearance had been scheduled June 18 for a motions hearing.
“The [June 7] setting was made in contemplation of a final disposition being made that’s acceptable to the district attorney’s office,” said Richard Cummins, Sheen’s Aspen defense lawyer in the case.
Aspen Prosecutor Arnold Mordkin declined to comment about current settlement discussions, but indicated that parties have come closer to agreeing on a deal in the last week.
Sheen has pleaded not guilty to menacing, criminal mischief and assault. He is scheduled to stand trial July 21.
Prosecutors say Sheen, the star of the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” held his wife, Brooke Mueller Sheen, at knifepoint on Dec. 25 at the West End home in which they were staying.
The class-five felony menacing count against Sheen carries the most weight. If convicted of that charge, Sheen faces a state prison sentence of one to three years.
However, those close to the case say that Sheen has tentatively reached a deal that calls for him to spend no more than 45 days in the Pitkin County jail.
“He will be an Aspen resident,” one high-ranking official said.
Cummins would not talk about a possible jail sentence in Pitkin County.
“Nothing is signed, sealed and delivered yet,” he said.
The felony menacing count stems from allegations that Sheen held his wife at knifepoint and told her, “You better be in fear. If you tell anybody, I’ll kill you. Your mother’s money means nothing. I have ex-police I can hire who know how to get the job done, and they won’t leave any trace.”