A Basalt man arrested Monday faces five felonies related to accusations that he sold marijuana to a minor.
Kevin O’Donnell, 30, was advised Tuesday in Pitkin County District Court on three drug-distribution counts and two charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to court documents.
O’Donnell’s case is related to that of another Basalt resident, Joshua Stump, 21, in 2011
The then-12-year-old boy, who is the alleged victim, told police he bought marijuana from a home in Basalt, and that Stump brought him to the residence. The boy said he paid $40 for a pipe and the drug; he was later caught by Basalt Middle School’s vice principal smoking pot on the campus, leading to the police investigation.
Stump pleaded guilty in April to attempting to sell marijuana to a person younger than 15 and received a one-year deferred sentence, court records show.
The boy at the time didn’t want to say from whom he actually bought the drug “because he was afraid that someone would beat him up if he talked,” wrote Edward Piccolo, an investigator with the district attorney’s office.
In April, Piccolo met with Stump and his attorney, public defender Tina Fang, before his guilty plea. The meeting concerned Stump’s knowledge of the third party who sold the pot to the boy, Piccolo’s report says.
Stump disclosed O’Donnell’s name, and Fang provided information showing that O’Donnell was arrested in 2009 for DUI and possession of marijuana, the report says.
Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely of Pitkin County Court, filling in for district court Judge Gail Nichols, set O’Donnell’s bond at $1,000. He remained in the Aspen jail Tuesday night.