20-year-old sentenced for Hayden school burglaries
August 22, 1999
Steamboat Springs — Hayden resident Kenneth Muhme will spend 90 days in jail and pay $2,000 restitution for his involvement in the burglary of Hayden High School in February, but a felony charge could be erased if he behaves for three years.
Muhme broke into Hayden High School with three other men Demian Lenahan and Walter Copeland, both 21, and 20-year-old Stephen Manzanares. They damaged doors and windows, stole more than $4,000 in electronic equipment, and then, later, kicked in the door of the office of Dollar Rent-A-Car.
The 20-year-old Muhme appeared in 14th District Court late last week to be sentenced for second-degree burglary and criminal mischief. Muhme pleaded guilty to the charges, but was not found guilty by the judge. Instead, he received a deferred sentence, meaning that if after a three-year probation he has not violated any more laws, his record will be cleansed of the felony burglary charge.
In addition to the jail time, Muhme must serve 100 hours of community service, complete anger and substance abuse evaluations and not have contact with any of the three co-defendants in the case.
The charges against Lenahan will be dropped if he completes three years with the U.S. Marine Corps.
Copeland was offered the same arrangement if he entered the Marines, but instead pleaded guilty to theft and received a deferred sentence. If he serves 60 days in jail, performs 48 hours of community service, and is not arrested or ticketed for two years, his charge will also be dropped.
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Manzanares pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal trespass, and in exchange, the district attorney dropped charges of second-degree burglary, criminal mischief and theft. He will be sentenced Sept. 27 .