Charles Lee Sattler, the suspect in the beating death of local chef Blake Bostic, has declined a plea bargain deal from the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Sattler, 42, appeared Monday, Aug. 11, before judge Karen Romeo in Summit County District Court with public defender Stacy Shobe. During a status conference two weeks ago, Shobe asked the court for a continuance to give Sattler more time to consider the offer.
“My office did tender an offer to Mr. Sattler that was outright rejected,” said deputy district attorney Rusty Prindle. “I’m not satisfied that we will be able to reach a disposition in this case; not at this point.”
Prindle again declined to comment about the specifics of the deal, but said he would make the details of the offer public during the next hearing.
Shobe asked the court to schedule that motions hearing at least 60 days out from today’s date, saying she anticipated the motions the public defenders office planned to file would be complicated and require more time than usual to write. Prindle objected.
“We want to see case move ahead more quickly and I do not think 45 days is an unreasonable timeframe for filing motions,” he said. “Delays hinder the prosecution much more than they hinder the defense because witnesses move and people’s memories can become faded.”
Romeo agreed, but said her docket was overrun with trials over the course of the next six weeks. She scheduled the motions hearing for 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 28.
Despite Shobe’s objections, Romeo granted a request by Prindle to also set the case for trial. Prindle estimated the trial would likely require seven days. Romeo scheduled Sattler’s jury trial for Dec. 9-12 and Dec. 15-17.
Sattler did not enter a plea during Monday’s hearing. He will be arraigned immediately following October’s motions hearing.
Sattler, a construction worker and amateur boxer, is charged in district court with one count each of second-degree murder and first-degree assault stemming from an alleged fight during the early morning hours of April 14 at the Snowshoe Motel in Frisco.
Sattler and a friend, Charles Upchurch, met Bostic and one of his friends, Ryan Stevens, at Ollie’s Pub in Frisco. After the bar closed, the four men went to Sattler and Upchurch’s room at the motel to have a drink and smoke marijuana, according to court records.
Shortly after arriving at the Snowshoe Motel an argument broke out, allegedly over homemade hot sauce Bostic, a chef at Incline Bar & Grill located at the base of Copper Mountain Resort, was trying to sell to Sattler and Upchurch. The argument escalated into a fight, which moved outside to the rear parking lot of the motel.
Sattler was seen holding Bostic up by the shirt collar and punching him repeatedly in the face, according to reports from unidentified eyewitnesses. Bostic’s body was limp and his arms were at his sides, according to records.
First responders performed CPR for about 40 minutes at the scene of the alleged crime, according to records, before Bostic was rushed to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at 3:20 a.m.
Bostic died of closed head and neck injuries due to blunt force trauma consistent with a fight, according to a preliminary autopsy report. He was 38.
Sattler remains in custody on $250,000 bond.
“My office did tender an offer to Mr. Sattler that was outright rejected. I’m not satisfied that we will be able to reach a disposition in this case; not at this point.”
deputy district attorney