Security video shows husband punched councilman Michael 'Colby' Katchmar
KRDO NewsChannel 13 obtained new video of the argument leading up to the fight between Cañon City councilman Michael "Colby" Katchmar and two seniors last spring.
Katchmar was found guilty of harassment, but he's not serving any jail time or paying any fines. His friend, Thomas Lockhart, 60, was also involved. He pleaded guilty to assault.
A wine-tasting event last May at "Michaels on Main" in Cañon City quickly turned from enjoyable to horrible.
Margene Martin says she asked councilman Michael Katchmar about a mosquito problem. In the video, Margene and her husband Robert try to leave. Robert pushes Katchmar away as he walks toward him. They start arguing. Then, Margene steps in to break them up.
A few seconds later, Robert goes to leave and knocks Katchmar in the face. The two men take it outside. With the restaurant security camera inside, you can’t see what happens next on the street. That is where the Martins say they were attacked.
“We've been through a lot of pain--mental, emotional, physical and monetary pain, and it'll just be good when this is all over,” said Margene Martin after the sentencing on March 12.
About a minute later in the video, you can see Katchmar and his friend Thomas Lockhart talking and then the two go outside. That's the last we see of them. Katchmar was found guilty of harassment in February. Lockhart pleaded guilty to assaulting the Martins.
"I don't know if pleading guilty helped with the sentencing. Mr. Lockhart felt he needed to take responsibility for his actions in the incident, and that's what he did,” said Lockhart’s Attorney Alan Gaspar after the sentencing.
The security video only shows Robert Martin getting physical with Michael Katchmar. Fellow councilman Dennis Weid says he doesn't believe the martins were innocent.
"I would actually hope that the district attorney here would go back and review the evidence--in particular, the video evidence--and consider filing charges against the other parties that were involved in this incident,” said Weid.
The judge said everyone in the case was far more intoxicated than they were willing to admit, but said he holds Katchmar "primarily responsible.
Both Katchmar and Lockhart must serve 300 hours of community service. Katchmar also has to write a letter of apology to the martins, and go through an anger management class.
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