- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 20, 2014

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has rejected a former Aspen resident’s claim that the government was being vindictive when it sentenced him to 20 years in prison for a cocaine-trafficking conviction.

A three-judge panel ruled that Montgomery Chitty failed to prove that prosecutors sought a long prison sentence in retaliation for Chitty’s decision to take the case to trial. Authorities say Chitty was part of a drug ring that distributed hundreds of pounds of cocaine in Aspen.

Chitty currently is in federal prison.

According to the Aspen Times (https://tinyurl.com/qecl95b ), Chitty’s court-appointed attorney, Paula Ray, said Chitty is running out of options. She says chances of having the U.S. Supreme Court hear the case are slim.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, https://www.aspentimes.com/

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