Friday, September 14, 2001
Steamboat Springs A 23-year-old Australian man will have felony charges dismissed against him if a district judge approves a plea agreement in which the man stands to be punished on a misdemeanor charge.
On Friday, Richard Kelvin Lillingstone-Hall pleaded guilty to criminal mischief in 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson's courtroom.
However, before felony second-degree assault causing bodily injury, two counts of felony criminal mischief, two counts of misdemeanor mischief and harassment are dismissed against the man, Thompson must approve of the plea agreement.
Thompson declined to accept the plea agreement Friday because he said he wants to ensure the victims in the case agree with the plea agreement.
Lillingstone-Hall, who has worked for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s ski school for the past two ski seasons, allegedly broke the left cheekbone of co-worker Irvin Fisher and damaged Fisher's vehicle the evening of April 11.
According to court records, Lillingstone-Hall was attending a gathering with other ski school employees at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel & Conference Center.
A highly intoxicated Lillingstone-Hall reportedly heaved a chair through a hotel restaurant window, then went out on Mount Werner Circle and stopped Fisher's vehicle by jumping on the hood.
After Fisher stopped the vehicle, he was allegedly punched in the face by his co-worker, court records show.
After Fisher drove away, Lillingstone-Hall allegedly attempted to stop a second vehicle.
Deputy District Attorney David Moffat agreed to dismiss the felony charges because Lillingstone-Hall does not have a prior criminal history.
"An evaluation that was done, recommends this seems to be a one time incident," Moffat said. "After this, (Lillingstone-Hall) will be going back to Australia, and he will have a criminal record."
Other reasons Moffat is willing to drop the charges is because Lillingstone-Hall has done 116 hours of community service and will get treatment for alcohol.
"Anger-management might also be an option," Moffat said.
If Thompson accepts the plea agreement, Lillingstone-Hall will be sentenced at 8 a.m. Oct. 1
Lillingstone-Hall is free on bail. He posted a $20,000 bond April 12.