Zoey Ripple, woman shot while trespassing at Colo. home, pleads guilty
(CBS/AP) BOULDER - A recent University of Colorado graduate pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree trespassing for drunkenly wandering into a Boulder house, where the homeowner, shot her in the hip, CBS Denver reports.
Zoey Ripple, 21, told the judge she believes she was the victim of a date rape drug when she wandered into the home around 3:30 a.m. on May 23. Investigators said her blood alcohol content was .20, nearly three times the legal limit.
Ripple stumbled into the Boulder couple's bedroom just days after she graduated from CU. Police said she got in through an unlocked screen door. After warning her to stop, the homeowner ended up shooting her, CBS Denver reported.
Ripple, who made the dean's list at the University of Colorado, has apologized to the homeowners.
"This has been an enormously traumatic incident. I'm deeply sorry it has been for the Justice's as well," Ripple said.
The bullet remains lodged in Ripple's back. Ripple received a deferred sentence that could result in the felony being stripped from her record if she avoids another conviction in the next 18 months. The Boulder DA's office said that alcohol treatment is part of Ripple's plea, according to CBS Denver.
The homeowner who shot Ripple wasn't charged. Prosecutors said his actions were justified under Colorado's "Make My Day" law, which allows residents to defend themselves against intruders.
Ripple told the judge she doesn't drink anymore. She was at a bar that evening and then attended a house party. She said she cannot remember how she ended up at the home where she trespassed.
"Really scary stuff can happen. It's really important to keep your bearings about you and be conscious of what you are doing and what other people are doing," said Ripple.
Her attorney said Ripple was never tested for a date rape drug in the hospital.
"This is something that is going to follow me for the rest of my life and I need to continue to remind myself that this doesn't define me. I know who I am," said Ripple.
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