Teen paintball suspects advised of charges

James, Wilson, Bennet free on bond; plea hearing set for Feb. 25 in Moffat County District Court

Three teenagers accused in a series of paintball attacks were advised of the charges against them Friday during a hearing in Moffat County District Court.

The three, Christopher James, 16, Robert Wilson, 16, and Benjamin "Luke" Bennett, 16 are each charged with three felony counts of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, one count of felony stalking and one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals.

The three 16-year-olds were taken into custody by Craig Police officers Jan. 1 after a series of paintball attacks.

Wilson, Bennett and James are accused of attacking two 10-year-olds with paintball guns at the Cathy Cisar sledding area shooting one of the 10-year-olds in the face twice, causing bruising and swelling.

A witness also reported that three youths fired at horses in a pasture near 13th Street and Bryan Way. Police also received another report that a child was attacked three separate times by Wilson, Bennett and James.

After the three were taken into custody, police discovered a video camera that the three teens had used to record their attacks.

After the arrests, several more reports were filed in connection with paintball attacks on property.

Magistrate Lynn Hill granted Deputy District Attorney Bonnie Roesink's request for a restraining order against the three suspects, preventing them from contacting one another, and seven others involved in the case except for "incidental contact" at school.

According to Roesink, the three accused have been sequestered from the student population at Moffat County High School.

A plea hearing is scheduled for Feb. 25.

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