For those who know him, the Roaring Fork Valley’s “dispensary robber” is a strange case.
On one hand, Hayden May is an amiable, polite, law-abiding 26-year-old who thrives in rigidly structured environments. On the other, he is a masked, armed robber who has twice in five years inexplicably targeted Aspen and Basalt marijuana businesses where he was a known customer.
“How boneheaded do you have to be?” District Judge Chris Seldin asked rhetorically at May’s sentencing hearing Monday, where he faced as long as 20 years in prison. “You’re the dispensary robber! Then you go out and decide to rob a dispensary again.
“You’re obviously not a criminal mastermind.”
Declaring that May has “many good qualities” and that he believes he will outgrow a tendency toward impulsive decisions, Seldin on Monday sentenced May to five years in prison, to be followed by five years of parole. Because May pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery using an article victims thought was a deadly weapon and second-degree burglary — which are considered crimes of violence — he will serve at least 75% of the sentence, his lawyer said.
“These are major crimes and you give people the impression you’re a hardcore criminal,” Seldin said. “I think you’re a good kid. But I have to square that with what you’ve done.”
May will receive credit for 281 days of confinement in the Pitkin County Jail, as well.
May previously admitted he entered the building housing the Roots Rx marijuana dispensary in Basalt in February, hid behind a stack of boxes, then waited for the store to close and employees to leave. He then tried to break into the dispensary, but alarms sounded and he fled.
Two weeks later, he said entered the same store on Southside Drive wearing a ski mask and brandishing a