Assault victim not expected to live, family says
BRECKENRIDGE – Cody Wieland, the 36-year-old man critically injured in an assault on Main Street in Breckenridge Nov. 1, is not expected to live, his wife, Katie, said Tuesday.
Wieland is still listed in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit at St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver. Katie Wieland said her husband suffers from massive brain injuries and is on life support. He underwent surgery Friday morning to stop bleeding in his brain.
The two are parents of a 23-month-old son.
Three people – 21-year-old Michael Scott Dietert of Breckenridge, 21-year-old Brandon Robbins of Breckenridge and 20-year-old Brian Stockdale, who is listed in the phone book as a Wildernest resident – have been arrested in conjunction with the early-morning assault.
The incident took place after an argument escalated at Mambo’s restaurant in the 200 block of South Main Street. Witnesses said four men beat and kicked the victim – one of them with a heavy, metal helmet – after a verbal altercation escalated.
District Attorney Mark Hurlbert has until 5 p.m. Friday to file charges against the three men. Currently, they have been advised they might be charged with first-degree assault, but if Wieland succumbs to his injuries, those charges could be changed to anything from second-degree murder to criminally negligent homicide.
The three are being held at the Summit County Jail. They face bond hearings Nov. 18.
Breckenridge police are looking for a green or camouflage, Army-issue, metal helmet witnesses said was used in the assault. Police said Tuesday evening they believe the assailants might have abandoned the helmet.
Police declined to say if there are other suspects in the incident.
Anyone with information regarding the incident or the whereabouts of the helmet are encouraged to call Detective Susan Quesada at (970) 453-2941.
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