Craig man expected to plead to lesser charge


A Craig man accused of attempted murder is expected to plead guilty to a lesser charge Monday in Moffat County District Court.

Joseph McGill, 30, is anticipated to plead guilty to a class-five felony during his 3 p.m. arraignment before Judge Michael O'Hara, according to court documents.

The documents do not specify the terms of a possible plea agreement, nor the specific charge to which McGill is expected to plead.

Sheryl Uhlmann, McGill's public defender, declined to discuss the case while Deputy District Attorney David Waite could not be reached Thursday.

McGill is currently charged with attempted second-degree murder and attempted first-degree assault, serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon. Both charges are class-four felonies, which are punishable by up to 16 years in state prison upon conviction.

McGill allegedly fired a handgun at a passing motorist from the front porch of his Fourth Street mobile home the evening of Nov. 14.

Also in Moffat County District Court Monday:

  • O'Hara is scheduled to arraign 49-year-old Christopher Brown, who faces multiple felony drug charges in the January raid of his Sandrock Drive home by officers of the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team (GRAMNET).

Brown is charged in a six-count complaint, including felony possession of manufacturing chemicals or supplies, and felony distribution of a controlled substance.

Both charges are class-three felonies, while a conviction carries up to a possible 32-year state prison term.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at

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