15-year-old Basalt boy to serve 3-5 years in youth corrections for plot to kidnap, beat another teen

DA: Teen wanted to leave boy to die in wilderness

ASPEN, Colo. - A Basalt teenager will serve between three to five years in youth corrections for plotting to beat another teen and leave him to die in the wilderness near Ruedi Reservoir.

Prosecutors said the 15-year-old boy was remorseful Thursday and took responsibility for his actions in Eagle County juvenile court, prosecutor Joe Kirwan told the Aspen Daily News.

The boy's attorney, Terrence O’Connor, said his client was given credit for roughly 264 days of time served, the newspaper reported.

The boy was 14 and a sophomore at Basalt High when he plotted with another youth, then 17, to beat the other boy, according to the Daily News.  

The boy told police that he had a beef with the potential victim related to drug dealing and a girl, Basalt police Sgt. Stu Curry told the newspaper.

The plot was discovered when an adult found a diagram of the assault plan and contacted police. Another youth told the Basalt Police Department about the kidnapping plot.