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Councilman Guilty On 1 Charge, Cleared Of 2 Others


Michael "Colby" Katchmar (Credit: Fremont County Sheriff's Office)

A Cañon City councilman has been convicted of harassment but not assault or disorderly conduct after an alleged altercation with an elderly couple.

Michael Katchmar, 54, was accused of assaulting a 70-year-old man and his 65-year-old wife at a wine tasting event in May. At the time of his arrest, authorities said the incident may have stemmed from an argument regarding city council.

Robert Martin and his wife, Margene, said Katchmar called them foul names and tried to block them from leaving. Artist Thomas Lockhart, 59, says he saw the couple attacking Katchmar and stepped in to help.

Margene Martin sustained a hip fracture and a welt under her eye.

Lockhart pleaded guilty earlier this week to assault charges. Katchmar was cleared of assault and disorderly conduct charges at his court appearance Thursday.

Katchmar will be sentenced March 12 of next year.

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