Prosecutors looking to protect public

Motion filed to raise bond

Prosecutors are looking to add another layer of protection to keep a frequently arrested Craig man behind bars.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Dave Waite said he is preparing to file a motion in Moffat County Court that will increase Lynn Horn's bond from $50,000 to $100,000.

In the last six months, Horn has repeatedly bonded out of jail only to be apprehended on new charges, including weapons violations and methamphetamine possession and distribution.

Horn is a defendant in four active felony cases.

This time, there's almost no hope he'll get out of jail before his cases are decided, according to Dave Waite, Moffat County's chief deputy district attorney.

In addition to the $50,000 bond holding Horn in jail, the U.S. Attorney's office has filed a federal warrant for Horn's arrest. It acts as a detainer in the Moffat County case, Waite said.

"If he does happen to post bail, then the federal government will pick him up," said Sheriff's Deputy Lt. Dean Herndon, the jail administrator. Horn would be held at the jail until the federal government took custody, Herndon said.

In the meantime, Waite is speaking with the U.S. Attorney's office about how Horn's cases should be handled, since both state and federal jurisdictions can prosecute Horn.

Horn may be prosecuted in Moffat County or in the U.S. District Court of Colorado. Horn will most likely be prosecuted at one level or the other, but not both, Waite said.

"Both jurisdictions take the charges very seriously," Waite said. "The decision (about where to prosecute Horn) hinges on which jurisdiction can better protect the public from Mr. Horn."

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said Horn may face stiffer penalties at the federal level due to mandatory sentencing guidelines. Also, the federal prison system offers inmates fewer rewards for "good behavior," meaning prisoners end up serving longer sentences.

Vanatta said he doesn't have a preference for either jurisdiction, he just wants to see Horn behind bars.

"He has clearly demonstrated to me that he is a threat to society and he belongs in prison," Vanatta said. "I just hope whichever (court) he goes through, he gets as much time as he can get."

The federal investigation began when Craig Police contacted the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Horn was arrested in December. In that incident, Horn allegedly possessed an illegally modified shotgun. Because Horn is a convicted felon, it is against the law for him to carry any firearms. Vanatta said the shotgun police recovered from Horn would be illegal for any citizen to carry.

In the days prior to Horn's most recent arrest on Feb. 9, he allegedly threatened a woman with a handgun and promised that "he would not go down without a fight the next time law enforcement officers tried to arrest him," according to court documents.

Officers eventually had to threaten to shoot Horn with a bean bag round from a shotgun before he would comply.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress-.com.

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