Man pleads guilty to felonies
Steamboat Springs — An addiction to a painkiller has taken away a 34-year-old Steamboat Springs man’s job, family and now his freedom.
On Friday afternoon, Nicholas Siniavsky was sentenced to three years in the Colorado Department of Corrections by 14th Judicial Judge Joel S. Thompson.
Siniavsky was given a year in prison for each felony charge he pleaded guilty to: first-degree criminal mischief and two counts of violation of a bail bond condition.
“The best thing to do is to remove you from society and get you some treatment,” Thompson said to Siniavsky.
Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James and Siniavsky’s attorney, Erick Nordstrom, acknowledged to Thompson that Siniavsky is addicted to a prescription painkiller.
“Nick has lost his freedom, his job and his family because of a drug problem,” Nordstrom said. “It is unfortunate the only way we can solve his drug problem is to send him to prison.”
St. James agreed.
A prison sentence “gets him off drugs and punishes him for his actions,” St. James said.
The mischief conviction stems from last August when Siniavsky stole a package from United Parcel Service. The package Siniavsky stole from UPS contained a prescription painkiller.
The first bond violation stemmed from last November. Siniavsky was caught outside a local bar intoxicated.
As part of Siniavsky’s bail, he was to abstain from using alcohol or possessing firearms.
Siniavsky got in trouble once more on the evening of May 20. Steamboat Springs police arrested an intoxicated Siniavsky outside his home on West Acres Drive.
Police received a report Siniavsky was threatening to commit suicide with a firearm. At the time of the call, Siniavsky’s girlfriend and two young sons were in the home.
During the court hearing, Siniavsky apologized to his girlfriend and his two sons.
“I just beg that I don’t get put in jail for the rest of my life,” he said.
Along with the prison sentence, Thompson ordered Siniavsky to pay $900 in court costs and ordered the firearms police seized from his home be destroyed.
Once Siniavsky has served his three years, he will be placed on parole for four years.
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