Bomb plot students advised of charges

Teens appear for first court date; plea, placement hearings scheduled for Jan. 14

By RYAN SHERIDAN
Daily Press writer
The three Moffat County High School students accused of planning to bomb Moffat County High School and the Moffat County Courthouse appeared in court Monday for the first time.
Judge Joel Thompson presided as Stephen Jackman, 17, Tony Jacob, 16, and Tom Elam, 15, were officially advised of the felony charges of conspiracy to commit first degree murder and participating in terrorist training activities filed against them.
Jacob also faces a charge of felony stalking.
Elam is being represented by Norm Townsend.
James Grady will be acting as counsel to Jackman, and Jacob will be represented by Kris Hammond.
During the hearing, Assistant Deputy District Attorney Bonnie Roesink gave notice that she will be filing a motion to modify the restraining order filed against each youth. Roesink will be adding names to the list of people the three youths are prohibited from contacting.
Thompson scheduled a plea hearing and a placement hearing for Jan. 14.
The placement hearing is being held to determine if the three youths will continue to be held at Grand Mesa Youth Services Center for the duration of the legal process, or if they will be released into the custody of their parents.
Thompson also bound together this case and two others for Elam, who faces a probation revocation hearing stemming from a 2000 felony conviction for possession of explosives, and a criminal mischief case that has not yet gone to trial.
During the scheduling for the hearings, Thompson asked the youths if they had any questions.
Jacob responded by asking if the three youths would be able to provide witnesses to testify that "we wouldn't hurt anybody if we were let out".
Thompson informed Jacob that they will be allowed to present any witnesses they choose.
The three youths were returned to the juvenile facility, were they will remain until being transported back to Moffat County for the hearings next week.

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