Man Who Tossed A Snowboarder Off An Aspen Highlands Chairlift To Be Released

A man who threw a snowboarder from an Aspen Highlands chairlift four years ago has been released for the state's psychiatric hospital this week.

According to a report from The Aspen Times, Thomas Proesel, 35, has been released to live on his own in the city of Pueblo. Though Proesel did ask that he be allowed to return to his own condo in Aspen, Pitkin County District Judge Chris Seldin ruled against this.

On January 17, 2016, Proesel was riding a chairlift at Aspen Highlands with a local photographer and another man. Though the motive for the attack was unclear, Proesel pushed the photographer from the lift, who then fell 20 to 25 feet from the chair. Thankfully, this was into deep snow and the victim was uninjured.

Proesel was not found guilty of any crime by reason of insanity. He had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was committed, indefinitely, to the Colorado Mental Health Institue at Pueblo in July of 2016.

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

According to a report in the 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. 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.

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