A snowboarder who had to be rescued from a central Colorado mountain is also charged in arson case.
The Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol and Mountain Rescue Aspen located 23-year-old Richard Miller after he was separated from his group on Sunday.
Searchers reached him in an area 300 feet (91 meters) below the ski area’s boundary.
Miller has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of arson and setting fire to woods stemming from a July blaze that destroyed three homes and burned more than 19 square miles (49 square kilometers). His trial is scheduled for May.
Authorities said Miller and girlfriend Allison Marcus fired prohibited, incendiary tracer rounds at a gun range near dry tinder during drought conditions.
A message left with Miller’s attorney was not returned.
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