On Dec. 20, Delta resident Aaron Weedman was sentenced to a four-year sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Weedman pleaded guilty to vehicular assault -- under the influence, a class 4 felony, and aggravated motor vehicle theft, also a class 4 felony.
On May 7, 2016, Weedman drove a stolen Hot Water Productions truck into the residence of the Piatt family as they were sleeping, almost hitting their two young daughters and causing serious bodily injury to Blake Piatt. Weedman admitted to being under the influence of alcohol.
His plea agreement involved pleas of guilty to the most serious charged in the criminal complaint. The plea agreement further provided for open sentencing with a possible prison sentence of up to six years, which is the maximum in the presumptive range for these two class 4 felonies. Weedman was previously convicted of two felonies, felony menacing and burglary.
According to a press release from the Office of the District Attorney, 7th Judicial District, Weedman's actions caused extensive property damage to two local businesses, and caused significant injury and trauma to the Piatt family. "The Montrose Police Department and other first responders did a great job dealing with the damage and personal injury caused by the defendant's conduct at several crime scenes and the follow-up thorough investigation," DA Dan Hotsenpiller said.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.