Craig fugitive found in Texas

Woman who fled county court held after return from Mexico

A Craig woman who fled during her sentencing hearing at the Moffat County Courthouse in late June was taken into custody in El Paso, Texas, late last week, a police official there said.

Charlotte Corral, 36, who is wanted in Moffat County on drug charges, was crossing into the United States from Juarez, Mexico, when officers discovered that she had a $50,000 warrant out for her arrest, said El Paso Police Department Detective Eddie Provencio.

Corral was arrested Nov. 20 by Craig police and officers from the Grand, Routt and Moffat counties' Narcotics Enforcement Team after they found about 11 grams of cocaine, a small amount of methamphetamine and more than 9 ounces of marijuana at Corral's home, according to court documents.

Coral appeared at the June 22 sentencing hearing but left the courthouse to speak with her attorney in a conference room. At the time, Corral wasn't in custody after posting a $20,000 bond.

The June hearing started with Corral saying she wanted to terminate her court-appointed lawyer, Erick Nordstrom. Corral said the pre-sentencing investigation report contained errors in the case and she didn't have time to refute them.

Corral fled after talking with Nordstrom in the hall and allegedly saying that she needed to use the restroom.

Provencio said local jail officials have until Aug. 27 to retrieve Corral or make other arrangements with the El Paso department; otherwise the jail will release her.

Corral has signed an extradition statement, which gives Moffat County officials permission to retrieve her without having to get the governor's permission, Moffat County Sheriff's Sgt. Ken Uecker said.

Uecker said the department plans to retrieve Corral and may have her back in local custody within a week.

"I'm sure the courts are going to be happy to have her back," he said.

Fourteenth Judicial District Court Judge Paul McLimans said at the June hearing that the court would revisit the sentencing proceedings as soon as Corral was apprehended.

McLimans said Tuesday that he could not comment on the pending case, but said generally that a fugitive can be subject to additional criminal charges, such as violation of a bail bond.

"It's not always a one size fits all," he said.

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