No charges will be filed against Aron Ralston, the Colorado adventurer whose self-amputation ordeal inspired the movie 127 Hours, after he and his girlfriend were arrested in connection with a weekend altercation at her home, prosecutors said Monday.
The girlfriend, Vita Shannon, still faces charges including assault and disturbing the peace. She pleaded not guilty and was released on $550 bail.
Ralston was released earlier. Neither commented as they left jail.
Assistant City Attorney Vince DiCroce said prosecutors reviewed the case and evidence and didn’t think they had a reasonable chance of convicting the 38-year-old Ralston. He wouldn’t elaborate or say why prosecutors decided to continue the case against Shannon, also 38.
Shannon also faces one count of wrongs to minors, a charge used when children are present during an incident but not necessarily hurt. Police said the couple’s 8-week-old daughter was present at the time of the altercation.
There was no indication the child was hurt. Family members said Shannon’s mother has been caring for the girl.
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