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January 5, 2013 9:17 AM
"Help, I've fallen..." 85-year-old suspect in cane assault released on bond
Posted by Staff
The Denver Post reports:

An 85-year-old man accused of swatting a parking monitor with his cane was released from jail Friday and faces a lesser felony charge after the Denver district attorney's office reviewed the case against him.

John W. Copeland had been held since early Thursday on $50,000 bail after Denver police arrested him on suspicion of felony second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. The case stemmed from a Dec. 15 disagreement with the volunteer over an expired handicapped-parking placard outside a Home Depot in Stapleton. Police said Copeland hit 66-year-old Richard Knudson once over the head with the cane.

The district attorney's office determined Friday that a lesser felony was appropriate and, consequently, a lesser bond, said
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