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Rockies Co-Owner Gets Probation

May 8, 2000

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) _ Colorado Rockies’ co-owner Charlie Monfort pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced drunken-driving charge and was sentenced to 18 months probation.

Monfort faced a charge of driving under the influence but reached an agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of driving while ability impaired. In addition to probation, Monfort was sentenced to 48 hours of community service, ordered to undergo an alcohol treatment program and fined $500.

Monfort was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. June 23 after leaving a restaurant.

Police said his blood-alcohol level was 0.209 percent. In Colorado, a motorist is considered legally impaired with a blood-alcohol level of 0.1 percent or higher.

Defense attorney Chuck Dickson said last month that Monfort had a severe case of heartburn at the time, which skewed the results of the alcohol test.

The judge was scheduled to rule last month on whether heartburn would be allowed as a defense but prosecutors told the judge they had worked out a plea bargain with Dickson.

Dickson’s partner, Tom Grant, said the so-called ``reflux defense″ would have provided a valid way to fight the charge but could have resulted in a lengthy trial.

``We believed very strongly in it (the reflux defense). But I also think Mr. Monfort wanted to do what is in his best interests,″ Grant said.

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