Mark Rubinson, Robert Young plead guilty in Weekend at Bernie's-style corpse party
Last year, we told you about a Weekend at Bernie's homage involving Mark Rubinson, Robert Young and a dead body -- a joy ride that inspired Shotgun Willie's to offer no cover for corpses after 7 p.m. Rubinson and Young have now pleaded guilty for the romp, which will likely net them probation to go along with infamy.
As we reported, the unwilling participant in this twisted roundelay was Jeff Jarrett, a real-estate salesman who attended Colorado State University with Young, 43. A Jarrett relative told the Denver Post that Jarrett had kindly opened his door, and his home, to Young, who'd been experiencing tough times.
Then, late on August 27, Young arrived at Jarrett's place to find his buddy unresponsive.
According to court and police records, including statements of probable cause on view below, Young went to a restaurant where Rubinson, 25, works. Then, the pair drove back to Chez Jarrett, lugged the body into Rubinson's car and headed to Teddy T's, a bar and grill.
No, Jarrett didn't accompany them inside the watering hole. He was left in the backseat of the car. But he did pick up the tab.
From there, the intrepid trio headed to Sam's No. 3, one of the city's favorite breakfast spots. Afterward, Jarrett was apparently all in, so Young and Rubinson allegedly took him home. But while his travels were over, theirs had a few more stops to go. First, Viva Burrito, to refuel. Then Shotgun Willie's strip club, where they're said to have withdrawn $400 using Jarrett's bank card -- because he wouldn't have wanted them to go second-class, no doubt. And finally, after the last pole dance of the evening, they spotted a Glendale police officer and told him there might be a dead guy at Jarrett's house.
Which there was.
Debate took place about whether Jarrett could have been saved with quicker action by the duo. But in the end, they won't be punished for anything pertaining to that unanswered question. Instead, Young pleaded guilty to felony identity theft and abuse of a corpse, while Rubinson confessed to only the latter, a class-two misdemeanor. Sentencing is slated for March 8, and according to Denver District Attorney's Office spokeswoman, "Both likely face probation with treatment and restitution conditions."
Maybe they should also be forced to watch Weekend at Bernie's II.
Below, see larger versions of Young's and Rubinson's mug shots, a report on the incident from CBS4, and the aforementioned probable cause statements.
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