Phillips pleads not guilty to probation violation in Chaffee County
SALIDA<Lee Phillips pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Chaffee County Court to violating his probation; he is to appear in court on a revocation hearing April 16.Phillips was arrested Sept. 4, 2000, after he was involved in a verbal altercation with people on the street in Buena Vista, according to Chaffee County District Attorney Molly Walker. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charges on Feb. 27, 2001, and was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation in that case. A stipulation of his probation was that he not drink alcohol.In the interim, however, Phillips was arrested for driving under the influence in Summit County. And on Jan. 15 of this year, he was involved in a car accident between Alma and Fairplay that killed Marcus Shirley, 19, of Farmer1s Korner, and critically injured 20-year-old Charlie Graham of Breckenridge. Three hours after the accident, Phillips was found to have a blood alcohol level of .191<almost twice the legal limit for intoxication.Violating the terms of his probation is a class 1 petty offense, Walker said, and is punishable by up to six months in jail.3I imagine if he1s found guilty he1d be sentenced, she said.It1s also possible he could be resentenced to probation, or have his probation revoked and reinstated. If he is jailed, he still must make his court dates in Park and Summit counties<he has a May 7 motions hearing in Summit County and a trial date in Park County July 8. Court officials would take him to those locations, Walker said.In the meantime, conditions of Phillips1 Summit County bond require him to be under house arrest, with an electronic device attached to his ankle to monitor his every move. At any time of day or night, an intervention services official might contact him by phone and ask him to blow into a machine to measure his blood-alcohol content.Jane Stebbins can be reached at 668-3998 ext. 228 or email@example.com.
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