A Craig man accused of distributing methamphetamine and carrying an illegally modified shotgun waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Moffat County Court Wednesday.
The District Attorney's office was prepared to show there was a factual basis for filing five felony charges against Lynn Horn, 42.
The charges include possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of methamphetamine, distribution of methamphetamine, violating bail bond conditions and possession of a weapon by a previous offender. Horn has prior felony convictions.
Horn arrived in Craig as a community corrections inmate following a conviction in California. As part of his sentence, he spent some time at the Correctional Alternative Placement Service halfway house in Craig, a privately owned for-profit facility that accepts inmates from any jurisdiction, including out-of-state prisoners like Horn.
Craig Police Cpl. Dusty Schulze, who participated in Horn's arrest in December, appeared as a witness for the prosecution Wednesday. Schulze was not called to testify because Horn decided to forgo the preliminary hearing and proceed directly to his arraignment in District Court Feb. 2.
Horn was arrested Dec. 10 after police allegedly found a shotgun, two pistols and methamphetamine in a car Horn was driving.
Police made contact with Horn Dec. 10 because they suspected he was driving illegally.
Horn's license was under revocation. He was out of jail on bail following a Nov. 20 arrest for possession of methamphetamine, third-degree assault and trespassing.
Officers allegedly saw Horn driving, knew he was a "habitual traffic offender," and suspected he did not possess a license. A status check revealed Horn was not eligible to drive until 2005.
"I've been getting a raw deal," Horn said after his hearing Wednesday. "I just buried my wife, for one thing."
Horn said after his wife died in a car accident, he went to an apartment to get her belongings.
He arrested for allegedly trespassing, assaulting an apartment employee and possessing methamphetamine.
Horn said the assault was an accident and the methamphetamine did not belong to him.
"I had to pay a $5,000 bond and a $20,000 bond," Horn said. "They're just making life rough."
He said he plans to file lawsuits because police issued a press release about his arrest before he had been formally charged by the District Attorney's office.
The press release did note that formal charges were pending.
Horn said the lawsuits will target the "Craig P.D., and the Daily Press got to go, too."
The District Attorney's office filed four felony cases against Horn in 2003. Horn pleaded one case down to a misdemeanor. Dispositions have not been reached in the other three cases, according to the Moffat County Court Clerk's office.
Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org