Katz sentencing delayed to Dec. 4 | SummitDaily.com

Katz sentencing delayed to Dec. 4

EAGLE – Breckenridge Town Councilmember J.B. Katz is expected to plead guilty to criminal mischief charges Dec. 4 after Eagle County Court officials determined that she is ineligible to participate in a domestic violence diversion program.

Defense attorney Terry O’Connor said Wednesday that he originally believed Katz might be eligible for the courses, which aren’t available in Summit County. The program includes an evaluation by a domestic violence counselor and subsequent attendance in domestic violence classes.

Those who successfully complete the program usually have their charges waived.

Katz was arrested in April after an incident at her ex-boyfriend’s house north of Breckenridge. The case is being heard in Eagle County because Summit County Judge Ed Casias recused himself, citing a potential conflict of interest. Katz is an attorney and has worked with Summit County’s judges in the past.

Eagle County Judge Fred Gannett said Katz isn’t eligible for Eagle County’s diversion program because the case originated in Summit County. The only reason the case is being heard in Eagle County is for his convenience, he noted.

O’Connor said he anticipates Katz will agree to an evaluation with a domestic violence counselor, who will review the case and make a recommendation to the court for sentencing Dec. 4.

If she agrees to the plea agreement presented, she will plead guilty to criminal mischief charges, and the court will defer sentencing and dismiss a second charge of resisting arrest, O’Connor said.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or jstebbins@summitdaily.com.

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