Snowboarder gets three years in halfway house
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Michael Wolff, the Killeen, Texas man who crashed into a group of children while snowboarding drunk in 2003, will serve three years in a halfway house program for violating his probation. Wolff, 21, will remain in the Garfield County jail until space becomes available at the San Luis Valley Community Corrections Center in Alamosa. Once there, Wolff will immediately enter a 45-day alcohol treatment program. “Mr. Wolff recognized that he has an addiction problem,” Wolff’s attorney, public defender Jamie Roth told state District Judge James Boyd on Thursday. “I think Community Corrections offers a great deal of structure for him.”Roth said Wolff preferred to go to Alamosa instead of staying nearby in the Garfield County Community Corrections program because he perceives the San Luis Valley as “less of a party atmosphere” than the Roaring Fork Valley. Community Corrections is an alternative to state prison that is sometimes offered to nonviolent offenders. It provides 24-hour supervision, drug testing and work assistance. Offenders are not restricted to the halfway house, but they are monitored while out, including while they’re at work or attending treatment programs.On June 10, Wolff admitted to violating four conditions of his probation. Wolff was originally 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.After his conviction, Wolff was ordered into an alcohol treatment program. He was kicked out of the program before completing it, so a nationwide warrant was issued for his arrest. He was found April 10 at a hospital in Chambersburg, Pa., and arrested on the warrant. According to Pennsylvania authorities, Wolff was nabbed during the morning of April 10 after he was assaulted by someone and taken to the hospital for his injuries.