Man who pushed snowboarder off lift in Colorado released from hospital

Thomas Proesel. Photo courtesy Pitkin County Sheriff's Office.
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ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Doctors at a state psychiatric hospital in Colorado have released a man who pushed a snowboarder off a ski lift.

The Aspen Times reports 35-year-old Thomas Proesel was released from the state’s psychiatric hospital to live on his own in Pueblo. A Pitkin County district judge ruled against Proesel's request to live in an Aspen condominium he owns during his supervised release.

Proesel was at the Aspen Highlands ski and snowboard area in January 2016 when he pushed a 28-year-old snowboarder, who landed in deep snow and was uninjured. Proesel pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and was later diagnosed with schizophrenia and another psychiatric disorder.