Horn to face federal charges

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A Craig man with four pending felony cases in Moffat County has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

The indictment charges Lynn Horn, 42, with six crimes, including five counts of possession of a weapon by a prohibited person and one count of possessing an unregistered firearm.

Horn faced numerous local felony charges, including distribution of methamphetamine, menacing, theft by receiving, driving after revocation, criminal trespassing, three counts of possession of a weapon by a previous offender and three counts of violating bail bond conditions.

The 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office filed motions to dismiss the cases after federal prosecutors filed the grand jury indictment.

Judge Mary Lynne James dismissed one of the cases Thursday. The remaining cases already were bound over to District Court. District Judge Paul R. McLimans will rule on whether to dismiss the remaining cases Monday.

Deputy District Attorney Kerry St. James said the motions asked the judges to dismiss the cases without prejudice, which means that the cases could be reopened at a later time.

Depending on the outcome of the federal prosecution, local prosecutors may revisit the charges, St. James said.

Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta said he was pleased the U.S. Attorney's Office took jurisdiction of the case.

"It further demonstrates the cooperative attitude among law enforcement, local prosecutors and federal prosecutors to work together to try to take violent people off our streets," Vanatta said.

The indictment followed a joint investigation by Craig Police, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

According to a report by Craig police, "Members of both prosecutors' offices agreed that the most appropriate course of action to take, that would best protect the citizens of Craig and remove a potentially violent offender from our society, was to pursue the violations in federal court."

The indictment cites Horn's previous felony convictions for distribution of narcotics, aggravated motor vehicle theft and possession of contraband.

Horn most recently was arrested at gunpoint by Craig police, who closed down a section of Yampa Avenue to make the arrest after stopping the car in which Horn was a passenger. Officers reported discovering an ankle holster and a .22-caliber pistol in the vehicle.

In previous arrests, Horn allegedly possessed a 9mm handgun, a .22-caliber pistol and a sawed-off shotgun.

Vanatta said Horn has been transferred to a federal facility.

"Due to his propensity to demonstrate he cannot follow the rules of society, he's being held on no bond in the federal system as well," Vanatta said.

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

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