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Man in burglary sentenced

Christine Metz

A 26-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary for the theft of more than $10,000 from the Steamboat Ski Area’s Rendezvous Saddle building.

In a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, Jonathan Doda pleaded guilty to the felony charge in District Court and was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $11,000 in restitution.

Doda’s sentence will be served concurrently with a sentence he already is serving in the Fort Lyons Correctional Facility for two counts of aggravated motor-vehicle theft stemming from charges in Boulder County.

In the agreement, the District Attorney’s Office dropped three other counts for possession of burglary tools, theft between $500 and $15,000 and criminal mischief.

Second-degree burglary is a Class 4 felony which comes with a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a $500,000 fine and a minimum sentence of two years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

The burglary occurred in the early morning hours of Feb. 28 at Rendezvous Saddle, which is halfway down the High Noon run at the ski area. About $10,800 was taken from the safe.

Doda was pinpointed in the case when his DNA, which was taken when he entered the Fort Lyons prison, matched the DNA taken from a SoBe bottle and hair found at the crime scene, said Routt County sheriff’s investigator Rochelle Redmond.

Doda’s DNA was put into the Combined DNA Index System, a computer database set up to provide DNA profiles for convicted offenders.

Doda was a resident of Pitkin County at the time of the burglary, and there is no indication that he ever lived in Steamboat or was employed by the ski area, Redmond said.

The Boulder County Court issued papers for Doda to start serving his prison time April 4, and he started serving his Boulder County sentence after that date.

The sheriff’s office believed two men committed the burglary from the two sets of tracks found leading to the building.

A second man has not been arrested.

— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com


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