Man pleads guilty to possession

Marijuana, other drugs found in vehicle

— In a plea agreement reached with the District Attorney's Office, a 22-year-old Wheat Ridge man pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing less than 1 ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

In exchange for Kyle Fredin's guilty pleas, the District Attorney's Office dismissed a felony charge of possession of psilocybin mushrooms, a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

Fredin and 32-year-old Jon Atencio, also of Wheat Ridge, were arrested in November after a Steamboat Springs police sergeant found marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms and seven prescription medications in Atencio's car.

According to police records, the officer contacted the men because he thought they were illegally sleeping in their car overnight. The men were arrested after the officer found the drugs.

Atencio still faces the felony drug charge of possession of psilocybin mushrooms and the lesser charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

During Fredin's arraignment Wednesday, Leslie Goldstein, Fredin's court-appointed attorney, told Routt County Judge James Garrecht that she had reached a disposition in the case with Deputy District Attorney Tammy Jenson.

Jenson told Garrecht she dismissed the psilocybin mushroom charge because Atencio had consistently insisted that the mushrooms were his and that Fredin didn't know they were in the car.

Garrecht accepted Fredin's plea and ordered him to pay more than $200 in fines, attend a marijuana education class and perform 32 hours of public service.

Garrecht told Fredin he could perform his community service and attend the marijuana class in Denver if it was more convenient.

"You have a little bit of leverage with where you complete your sentence, but you need to make sure you get it done. Make sure you don't put yourself in another bad situation," Garrecht told Fredin.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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