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Trespassing charges for drunk intruder

May 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM   |   Comments

BOULDER, Colo., May 27 (UPI) -- Colorado authorities have filed felony trespassing charges against a 21-year-old woman who was shot after she drunkenly entered the wrong home.

Defense attorney Colette Cribari said she was disappointed the Boulder County District Attorney's Office filed the charges because the incident was "out of character" for Zoey Ripple, who was shot in the hip, the Boulder Daily Camera reported Friday.

"She didn't enter the house with any intent of committing a crime or harming anyone," Cribari said. "We're thankful she was not killed or more seriously hurt, but we're disappointed they decided to file charges on top of all this."

Police said Ripple entered the bedroom of the Boulder house owned by Timothy Justice and Doreen Orion about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. The couple shouted into the dark, telling the intruder to leave and warning that they had a gun. When Ripple kept advancing into the room, they shot her and called police.

Ripple had a blood alcohol level of 0.2 at the time. No charges were filed against Justice and Orion, the newspaper said.

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