Aspen postal worker pleads guilty in weapons case

GRAND JUNCTION – Former Aspen postal worker Mauro Pennini faces as many as 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of possessing a handgun when he was directed not to under a court order.

In exchange for Tuesday’s plea in federal court in Grand Junction, the government dropped a misdemeanor count of possession of a gun in a post office. Pennini is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 4 after a federal probation officer completes a pre-sentence report.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Gordon Gallagher also found that Pennini is likely to be a danger to others and might not show up for the sentencing. That means he will continue to be held at the Mesa County Detention Center until he is sentenced, though his lawyer, Steve Laiche, said he might file a motion to reconsider his detention given the length of time until sentencing.

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