Pagosan gets 10-year sentence for assault

After appearing in court Tuesday, Nathan Schlosser, the perpetrator of an unprovoked assault that led to a victim losing an eye, will spend 10 years in state prison for the offense, according to staff at the district attorney’s office.

Deputy District Attorney Alex Lowe said Schlosser appeared before District Court Judge Gregory Lyman, and the 10-year sentence was part of a plea agreement linked to second-degree assault charges.

According to Lowe, the assault occurred May 25, 2007, when 21-year-old Schlosser attacked Donald Reid, 56, while Reid was standing in the driveway of his home on Canyon Circle in Pagosa Vista Estates.

Detective Sgt. Carl Smith of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department said Schlosser accosted Reid without provocation while Reid “was minding his own business.” The two were not acquainted, Smith said.

According to Smith, upon being attacked, Reid tried to retreat but Schlosser struck him twice in the left eye, causing a serious laceration. In order to avoid further injury, Reid defended himself with a box cutter, injuring his assailant and eventually driving him off.

Schlosser was later found and airlifted to Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango.

Reid was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center by ambulance where he was treated for broken bones in his face and the injured eye.

Ultimately, the damage to Reid’s eye proved too severe, and doctors removed it June 14.

According to sheriff’s department reports, alcohol may have played a role in the attack as Schlosser appeared intoxicated at the scene.

After the incident, Schlosser was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault, which carried stiffer maximum fines and between eight to 24 years in prison.

james@pagosasun.com