Domestic violence case against Aron Ralston dropped

Monday , December 09, 2013 - 3:14 PM

Aron Ralston-Arrest

FIlE - In this Nov. 2, 2010 file photo, Aron Ralston, author and subject of the film "127 Hours,"...

Dan Elliott, P. Solomon Banda, The Associated Press

DENVER -- A domestic violence case has been dismissed against Aron Ralston, a Colorado adventurer whose self-amputation ordeal was made into the movie "127 Hours."

A court spokeswoman said Monday the case was dropped at the request of the city attorney, who didn't return a call seeking comment.

The case against Ralston's girlfriend, Vita Shannon, is pending. Her attorney entered a not guilty plea on her behalf but Shannon said nothing Monday during a court hearing.

Both were booked into jail early Sunday on suspicion of assault and wrongs to minors, a charge used when children are present during an incident but not necessarily hurt.

Police documents say their 8-week-old child was present at the time of the altercation.

The documents allege Shannon struck Ralston twice in the back of the head with her fists and that he shoved her as she was leaving her apartment. The documents say they were arguing over another child of Ralston's.

The couple, both are 38, were scheduled to appear in court later Monday.

"We're saddened that this would happen, evolve this way," said Ralston's father, Larry Ralston. "We're hopeful that things will work out."

Larry Ralston said his son and Shannon had "a heated argument."

Aron Ralston and Shannon face fines of up to $999 and a sentence of up to a year in jail if convicted. It's standard procedure for suspects in domestic violence cases to be jailed, said Assistant City Attorney Vince DiCroce.

Ralston cut off his forearm to free himself from a dislodged boulder in a Utah canyon in 2003.

He was "canyoneering" - making his way down a narrow canyon - at the time. After five days with little food and water, he broke his arm and then amputated it with a dull knife to escape.

He detailed his struggles in a book, "Between a Rock and Hard Place," which was adapted into the Oscar-nominated "127 Hours."

Ralston became a celebrity, making inspirational speeches and championing environmental causes.

He also continued his adventurous life using prosthetics he helped develop. He completed a nine-year project to scale the highest point in all 50 states and became the first person to solo climb all 59 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks in winter.

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Associated Press Writer Colleen Slevin contributed to this report.

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