85-year-old man accused of felony assault with a cane appears in court

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85-year-old John Copeland awaits his appearance before the judge. Jan. 18, 2013

DENVER — John Copeland, 85, appeared in court Friday for the advisement of the charges against him. The elderly man is charged with felony assault. He’s accused of using his cane to strike another man.

Copeland’s attorneys waived the advisement, and the judge set his next court appearance for February 5.

The case gained a lot of attention when police got the senior citizen out of bed in the middle of the night January 2 to arrest him and take him to jail.

He admits to hitting a handicapped parking enforcement volunteer with his cane during a confrontation that happened almost a month before his arrest.

Copeland was in jail for two days because his family couldn’t pay the $50,000 bond to get him out.

A judge reduced the bond to $2,000 and Copeland was released January 4. The District Attorney’s Office formally charged Copeland with third degree assault on an at-risk adult on January 7.

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