Man Who Threw A Snowboarder Off An Aspen Chairlift Could Be Released

Thomas Proesel, a man who was committed to the state psychiatric hospital in 2016 after pushing a snowboarder off an Aspen Highlands chairlift could be released.

According to a report in the Aspen Times, Proesel, 35, was accused of pushing the then 28-year-old snowboarder off the Lofe Peak Lift at Aspen Highlands on the morning of January 17, 2016. The snowboarder did not sustain any injury. Pitkin County sheriff's deputies later tracked down and arrested Proesel.

Proesel was found not guilty of the assault by reason of insanity. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and another psychiatric disorder and committed to the state psychiatric hospital in Pueblo.

Aspen prosecutor Dan Nottingham has stated, via the same report, that he would be filing an objection to the release. However, if Proesel is released, it would be supervised and limited to an apartment in the Pueblo area.

Photo Credit: AspenSkiingCompany [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


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