Men to be arraigned on unrelated charges

Alleged cases of arson, auto theft on District Court docket


Two men -- one who allegedly set fire to a mobile home he once rented, the other charged in a series of auto part thefts -- are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in District Court.

Terry Dean Magoon, 62, is charged with first-degree arson, and second-degree burglary of a building.

Both charges could be dismissed Monday as Magoon is expected plead guilty to a reduced charge of criminal trespass, according to court records that were confirmed by Deputy District Attorney David Waite.

Magoon would face between six months to eight years in state prison and fines up to $100,000. He could have received two to 32 years if convicted on the original charges.

Magoon, however, has not been charged in the armed standoff with Moffat County Sheriff's deputies that ended with his arrest on the afternoon of Oct. 24.

At about 6 a.m. that same day, the Maybell Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 62802 U.S. Highway 40.

The 12-by-65-foot unit, located one-quarter mile south of the highway on property owned by Doug McIntyre of Maybell, was destroyed in the blaze.

Court documents allege that Magoon confessed to starting the fire after returning at 4 a.m. to the home, which he was forced to leave Oct. 20 because of alleged late rent payment.

Deputies later that afternoon found Magoon near the property "hiding in a stone structure," and armed with a .22 caliber rifle. He was arrested without incident after a brief standoff with officers.

Also Monday, 39-year-old Roger Wille could enter pleas in separate cases in which he's accused of taking some $2,600 in auto parts off one car, and allegedly stealing another.

One case stems from a July theft of parts from a 1988 Corvette found stripped of its engine, transmission and two wheels.

A tip led authorities to a 1978 model Corvette in the storage lot of Northwest Pawn, where a car owned by Wille allegedly held the 1988 Corvette's stolen engine.

The car had been pawned for $1,000, according to court documents.

Wille's charged with felony theft, theft by receiving and a pawnbroker's act violation.

A search warrant executed for Wille's garage allegedly turned up more parts from the 1988 Corvette, and parts from a 1989 Jeep Wagoneer reported stolen in September and found stripped in a field north of Craig.

Wille also is charged separately for allegedly burying some of these parts behind a storage shed located on First Street.

He's charged with first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, theft by receiving and theft of auto parts -- all related to the Jeep.

Wille faces between one and 16 years in state prison if convicted on the theft charges in either case.

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