DENVER (AP) — No charges will be filed against Aron Ralston, the Colorado adventurer whose self-amputation ordeal inspired the movie “127 Hours,” after he and his girlfriend were arrested in connection with a weekend altercation at her home, prosecutors said Monday.
The girlfriend, Vita Shannon, still faces charges including assault and disturbing the peace. She pleaded not guilty and was released on $550 bail.
Ralston was released earlier. Neither commented as they left jail.
Assistant City Attorney Vince DiCroce said prosecutors reviewed the case and evidence and didn’t think they had a reasonable chance of convicting the 38-year-old Ralston. He wouldn’t elaborate or say why prosecutors decided to continue the case against Shannon, also 38.
Shannon also faces one count of wrongs to minors, a charge used when children are present during an incident but not necessarily hurt. Police said the couple’s 8-week-old daughter was present at the time of the altercation.
There was no indication the child was hurt. Family members said Shannon’s mother has been caring for the girl.
Police 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 home. The documents said they were arguing over another one of Ralston’s children.
Ralston’s attorney, Jeff Pagliuca, declined to comment.