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Zoey Ripple, CU grad shot in Boulder home intrusion, 'disappointed' charges will be filed
dailycamera.com ^ | 05/25/2012 | Mitchell Byars

Posted on 05/27/2012 7:39:12 PM PDT by grundle

Zoey Ripple (the drunk home invader)

Timothy Justice and Doreen Orion (the owners of the home)

The Boulder County District Attorney's Office announced Friday it will file felony trespassing charges against the 21-year-old University of Colorado graduate who was shot after police say she drunkenly wandered into a couple's Boulder home early Wednesday.

Yet defense attorney Colette Cribari said the incident was "out of character" for Ripple, who graduated from CU two weeks ago.

"She didn't enter the house with any intent of committing a crime or harming anyone," Cribari said Friday. "We're thankful she was not killed or more seriously hurt, but we're disappointed they decided to file charges on top of all this."

Prosecutors will file charges of first-degree criminal trespass of a dwelling -- a felony -- next week, according to the DA's Office.

Cribari said Ripple remains hospitalized but would not say where. Boulder Community Hospital officials said Ripple was not a patient there.

Police say Ripple entered the bedroom of a house at 425 College Ave. at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. The screen door was closed, but unlocked.

The owners of the house, identified by county property records as Timothy Justice and Doreen Orion, were in bed when they heard Ripple come in. In the darkness, they shouted to warn the intruder to leave and that they had a gun, but Ripple continued walking through the bedroom, and Justice fired one shot, police said.

When the homeowners turned on the lights, they saw Ripple on the floor with a gunshot wound to her hip and called 911, police said. They said they did not recognize her as anyone they knew.

The house, which county records show was bought for $1.7 million in 2004 and is listed for sale at $2.75 million, is at the western end of Boulder, where College Avenue dead-ends into the foothills.

Officials said preliminary tests indicate that Ripple's blood alcohol level was above 0.2 at the time of the incident.

District Attorney Stan Garnett said his office typically prosecutes about 12 to 15 cases a year involving drunken trespassing. He said there was a similar case Thursday night, though nobody was hurt.

"We see this pretty frequently," he said.

Garnett said the main goal in prosecuting such cases is to get defendants treatment for their alcohol habits. Although first-degree criminal trespassing can carry a sentence of one to five years in prison, Garnett said in cases like this, prosecutors often opt for treatment or lesser pleas in lieu of prison time.

"We try to help the person get the treatment they need for their drinking," he said.

Colorado court records show that Ripple was previously arrested on suspicion of shoplifting in Broomfield in 2010 and pleaded guilty. The charge was dismissed after a deferred sentence, records show.

Citing the "make my day" law, officials announced Thursday that no charges will be filed against Justice for shooting Ripple.

Justice and Orion are both psychiatrists. They haven't spoken publicly about the shooting.

According to a 1999 online article in Psychiatric News, Orion was stalked for at least a decade by a schizophrenic woman she treated briefly at an Arizona hospital. The article said the woman even followed her to Colorado and moved into the same Boulder neighborhood.

Colorado court records show that a restraining order was issued in 1994, prohibiting a Denver woman, who was then 42, from coming within 50 yards of Orion's office, home or car. The reasons for the restraining order -- or whether it was connected to the stalking case -- were not clear.


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1 posted on 05/27/2012 7:39:18 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

It’s Boulder. They’re all stoned.


2 posted on 05/27/2012 7:41:40 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: grundle

Finders keepers.


3 posted on 05/27/2012 7:45:06 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: ozzymandus

Zoey is pretty - consequently, not guilty.


4 posted on 05/27/2012 7:45:06 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: grundle

These folks live in a $2.75 Million dollar home, she has been stalked in the past by a schizophrenic, AND THEY DO NOT LOCK THEIR DOORS!!

Granted, drunks shouldn’t be wandering around at night, but this just doesn’t sound right.


5 posted on 05/27/2012 7:48:25 PM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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To: grundle

Good thing she has her looks because she isn’t going to be making a living off theoretical physics.


6 posted on 05/27/2012 7:48:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: grundle

NOT GUILTY!

7 posted on 05/27/2012 7:50:32 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Ken522

Motion seconded...


8 posted on 05/27/2012 7:50:32 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Ken522

Hey, under different circumstances, they could have made it a threesome!/s;)


9 posted on 05/27/2012 7:51:46 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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Funny how the OWS crowd in Boulder hasn’t found the time to make it to the home of these 1%ers. Two lib shrinks packing heat in a $2.75 million house in the People’s Republic of Boulder. Oh the irony!


10 posted on 05/27/2012 7:54:18 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Revolting cat!

Ripple is ghetto-fabulous!


11 posted on 05/27/2012 7:56:22 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: grundle

She needs to go into rehab. I just happen to have a private clinic.


12 posted on 05/27/2012 7:58:30 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: grundle

Count your blessings you are ALIVE first! Then be thankfull that you only facing charges and not dead at 21! You have the rest of your life to live a decent life and have kids or whatever............


13 posted on 05/27/2012 7:59:26 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: grundle; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Tomorrow's headlines today:

Ripped Robber Ripple Roughed Up by Justice from Orion


14 posted on 05/27/2012 8:01:50 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: grundle

The shrinks are crazy!


15 posted on 05/27/2012 8:04:27 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Frank_2001

That’s what I’m saying. It could have been a great night!


16 posted on 05/27/2012 8:17:15 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: grundle

Back in my younger days, say 19-28 or so, I had an occasional blind drunk night. I never once found my way into any home but my own. I gave up the drinking and still find my way home to my house each and every day or night.


17 posted on 05/27/2012 8:19:54 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Rastus

Let me know if you need assistance.


18 posted on 05/27/2012 8:22:22 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: EEGator

June 1970. HS graduation. Ripple was responsible (I certainly wasn’t! /grin) for one of my more memorable hangovers. That’s some nasty stuff.


19 posted on 05/27/2012 8:25:57 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

Mad Dog gave me a terrible one once. Three MD 20/20’s is not a good idea.


20 posted on 05/27/2012 8:28:49 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: ansel12

+1


21 posted on 05/27/2012 8:29:09 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: grundle

The homeowner was within his rights to fire on an intruder. I would add, though... That it’s a good idea to put LIGHT on the subject just before pulling the trigger. They didn’t know this girl was just drunk and no particular threat. A flashlight might have revealed that without having to take the shot.


22 posted on 05/27/2012 8:30:56 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: grundle
When the homeowners turned on the lights, they saw Ripple on the floor with a gunshot wound to her hip

So let me get this straight. They just shot her in the dark without knowing who it was or if the person meant harm??? Then turn the lights on??? Something doesn't make sense here.

If they had turned the lights on and seen this harmless wayward waif wandering into their bedroom, would they have still shot her??? Maybe that is what really happened. Do the lights in their house only go on after a gun is fired???

These people need a flashlight or a better story.

23 posted on 05/27/2012 8:42:38 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Ramius
they had the right to protect themselves, but what if this was a child of 6 sleep walking?....

seriously, lock your doors, or maybe close your doors and if you don't want to do that, at least get a noisy dog...it's just common sense...

I'm not buying that they make these charges to get people "help" for alchol drinking....

the courts will waste a hundred thousand dollars bring this girl to trial.....why not just sit her down, offer some misdemenor plea, community service, etc. and go after the rapist and murderers...

24 posted on 05/27/2012 8:50:28 PM PDT by cherry
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To: grundle

Not guilty. This nitwit has been through enough and should not be prosecuted


25 posted on 05/27/2012 8:52:10 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw

BUMP that..


26 posted on 05/27/2012 8:53:53 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: cherry
the courts will waste a hundred thousand dollars bring this girl to trial.....why not just sit her down, offer some misdemenor plea, community service, etc. and go after the rapist and murderers... 

I doubt there is much crime in Boulder. Maybe they want to prosecute to keep the system churning and providing employment for prosecutors, defense lawyers, guards, clerks etc. Lots of people livelihood is dependant on crime

27 posted on 05/27/2012 8:57:54 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: grundle

Oddly enough, I once did this. Many years ago on Martha’s Vineyard I was drunk as a skunk. I got lost I guess but eventually found my way out of the house. Lucky that!


28 posted on 05/27/2012 8:57:54 PM PDT by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: dennisw

http://www.rightentertainment.com/?p=3928

More on Zoey....seems like a girl of her age having some fun. You are only 21 only once


29 posted on 05/27/2012 9:04:17 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: grundle

And so the homeowner has to wait to find out whether the midnight intruder that awakes them, means them harm?

I do not think so.


30 posted on 05/27/2012 9:05:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

http://www.rightentertainment.com/?p=3928

More on Zoey and more photos....seems like a girl of her age having some fun. You are only 21 only once. I think she has learnt her lesson.


31 posted on 05/27/2012 9:06:39 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: SatinDoll

“These folks live in a $2.75 Million dollar home, she has been stalked in the past by a schizophrenic, AND THEY DO NOT LOCK THEIR DOORS!!”

Apparently the stalking ended 18 years ago.


32 posted on 05/27/2012 9:07:01 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Boones's Farm. Just the thought of it makes me queasy.
33 posted on 05/27/2012 9:12:42 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: dennisw
I doubt there is much crime in Boulder.

You neglected to include the sarcasm tag.

34 posted on 05/27/2012 9:13:45 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: SatinDoll
These folks live in a $2.75 Million dollar home, she has been stalked in the past by a schizophrenic, AND THEY DO NOT LOCK THEIR DOORS!!

Granted, drunks shouldn’t be wandering around at night, but this just doesn’t sound right.

That was my first impression too until I read they were both psychiatrists. Psychiatrists are twice as likely to be crazy compared to the general population.

35 posted on 05/27/2012 9:13:45 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: SatinDoll

“These folks live in a $2.75 Million dollar home, she has been stalked in the past by a schizophrenic, AND THEY DO NOT LOCK THEIR DOORS!!”

Welcome to the warped world of Boulder, Colorado - where stalked psychiatrists seem not to lock their doors at night. Those homeowners are fortunate only a drunk student walked in. Had it been a bear or a puma, things might have been rather different.

There is a reason I dubbed that place the home of Boulder Dementia Syndrome (BDS).

That place is a bubble of Liberal insanity surrounded by reality.


36 posted on 05/27/2012 9:15:51 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: Rastus
She needs to go into rehab. I just happen to have a private clinic.

I highly doubt that she would be even the least bit interested in your "offer".

37 posted on 05/27/2012 9:17:50 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: dennisw

The court wants money(fine).....no other reason to pile on.
She already suffered enough for her youthful stupidity.


38 posted on 05/27/2012 9:18:45 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Yes. If you take the time to find out who the intruder is, you might be the one who gets shot first.


39 posted on 05/27/2012 9:21:43 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: EEGator
Let me know if you need assistance.

Assistance in doing what?

40 posted on 05/27/2012 9:22:06 PM PDT by Isabel C.
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To: catnipman

“Apparently the stalking ended 18 years ago.”

What walks out of the mountains just up the street and often is found stalking the streets of Boulder is good reason to lock one’s doors.

Google cougar, Boulder, CO.


41 posted on 05/27/2012 9:23:14 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: GladesGuru

I will be waiting for her mugshot.


42 posted on 05/27/2012 9:39:58 PM PDT by Thunder90 (Romney barely won in OH with a 12-1 money advantage, he can't beat Obama that way.)
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To: Isabel C.

I saw you also posted to the person I was posting to. We were joking, save your pious bullshit for someone else.


43 posted on 05/27/2012 9:40:38 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: SatinDoll

Tell you what...you enter my house (drunk or sober) and I will shot you no questions asked. You have no right to be there. Period. End of story


44 posted on 05/27/2012 10:02:19 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Uncle Chip

Get serious. I am not going to ruin my dark adapted eyes by turning on the light. NOONE has the right to be in my home in the middle of the frigging night. Expect to be shot if you are.


45 posted on 05/27/2012 10:04:28 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

I hear ya. The kids are long gone. I’ll reach over to make sure the wife’s there, then it’s game on.

Course, this stumbling drunk would have had the three dogs up in arms first, but anyways......


46 posted on 05/27/2012 10:15:15 PM PDT by onona (RIP Levon, another good man gone.)
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To: onona

exactly


47 posted on 05/27/2012 10:18:34 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: grundle

My Liberal as the day is long B-I-L called me up the other day to ask my opinion on what Shotgun he should buy for Home Protection.

I answered his questions and gave my recommendation, all the while biting my lip.

These people Vote for Politicians that would not bat an eye disarming the entire population. Useful Idiots all.


48 posted on 05/27/2012 10:18:58 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Confucius say, short note better than long memory....)
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To: Uncle Chip

Agree! Nobody should shoot without knowing who/what they are shooting at. Could have been a 10 year old for all they knew!


49 posted on 05/27/2012 10:28:30 PM PDT by reardensteel
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To: Nifster

I’m not arguing with your position.

But you’ve got to admit that it’s damned stupid to go to bed in a mulit-million dollar home and leave the doors unlocked!


50 posted on 05/28/2012 12:34:33 AM PDT by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT)
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