Hearing delayed for arson suspect

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A sentencing hearing scheduled Monday for a 62-year-old arson suspect has been delayed.

Terry Dean Magoon, who faces no state prison time in a plea agreement struck in January, is now scheduled for sentencing April 7 by Judge Michael O'Hara in Moffat County District Court.

Magoon's probation officer requested the delay after Magoon failed to schedule an interview or return paperwork needed to complete his pre-sentence report, which includes recommendations used by a judge prior to passing sentence.

Probation staff has no contact telephone number for Magoon, while mail correspondence hasn't been returned, according to court documents.

The only address on file for Magoon is listed to the mobile home he was originally accused of burning down Oct. 24, said Kimberly Westerberg, Magoon's probation officer.

An arrest warrant for Magoon would only be sought if he fails to appear April 7, she said.

Magoon was arrested Oct. 24 after a brief armed standoff with Moffat County Sheriff's deputies, hours after a 12-by-65-foot mobile unit east of Maybell Magoon once rented was destroyed in a fire.

Magoon admitted to starting the blaze early that morning. He was told to leave the property Oct. 20 because of alleged delinquent rent, court documents state.

He was originally charged with felony first-degree arson and felony second-degree burglary of a building.

Magoon instead pleaded guilty Jan. 27 to a felony charge of first-degree criminal trespass in a plea agreement that rules out state prison time. He'll likely be placed on probation, during which restitution payments to the mobile home's owner would be ordered.

Magoon remains free after posting a $20,000 personal recognizance bond Jan. 28.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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