Man gets four years for vehicular assault
A 53-year-old Craig man was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday for vehicular assault and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Wesley Romans was found guilty of vehicular assault (DUI), a Class 4 felony, at the conclusion of a trail in June.
During the sentencing Thursday, District Judge Michael O’Hara sentenced Romans to four years in prison and ordered him to pay nearly $23,000 in restitution to the Denver family that Romans hit in an accident in November.
A restitution hearing is scheduled at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 to determine the final amount Romans will be ordered to pay the family.
Romans was arrested in November 2005 after he collided head-on with a car one mile west of Hayden on U.S. Highway 40. Romans’ license had been revoked before the accident.
A second charge Romans was facing – driving under revocation – was dismissed, court records indicate.
Sexual assault case against man dismissed
Sexual assault charges were dismissed late last month against a 23-year-old Mauritanian who was accused of assaulting a 15-year-old Steamboat Springs girl.
Court records indicate that Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James dismissed the charges Aug. 23 because “the complaining witness no longer wishes to prosecute.”
Sheryl Uhlmann, the man’s attorney, said she urged St. James to dismiss the case months ago.
“(The man) was not guilty. It was clear from the detective’s interview with (the alleged victim) at the hospital that this conduct was consensual,” she said. “This was not a rape case. At best, this was a girl who changed her mind about what happened after the fact.”
During the man’s preliminary hearing in July, the girl testified she knew the man, had pursued a relationship with him and voluntarily engaged in some sexual behavior with him.
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