Judge rules chairlift pusher not guilty by reason of insanity

Judge rules chairlift pusher not guilty by reason of insanity
Local News

By Jason Auslander

A 32-year-old former Aspen resident who threw a snowboarder off an Aspen Highlands chairlift last winter was found not guilty of attempted assault Monday by reason of insanity. Aspen District Judge Chris Seldin made the ruling after first finding probable cause to charge Thomas Proesel with attempted first-degree assault and then listening to a state psychologist, who interviewed Proesel and testified that he was insane Jan. 17 when he pushed the snowboarder off the lift. “It’s clear from (the psychologist’s) report that Mr. Proesel was, at the time of the incident, experiencing a mental state that rendered him incapable of …

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