More jail time for Craig man

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A Craig man will have to serve six more months behind bars for being involved with an assault on his brother while both men were inmates in the Moffat County Jail.

Shane Stock-ton, 21, pleaded guilty to third degree assault, a misdemeanor, in Moffat Coun-ty Court on Wed-nesday.

Stockton en--tered his plea the day after he pleaded guilty in District Court to one felony attempted escape charge and one misdemeanor escape charge. The charges stemmed from escapes Stockton attempted from the Moffat County Jail and Correctional Alternative Placement Services.

Those convictions could land Stockton in a Department of Corrections facility for four years, Stockton's attorney, Will-iam Schurman, said.

After Stockton is released from DOC, he'll have to serve another six months in the Moff-at County Jail.

County Court Judge Mary Lynn James said the six-month sentence was meant to demonstrate that there are consequences for committing acts of violence in jail.

"Jails deserve to be a safe place," James said. "If there is not a consequence for violence in the jail, then the jail is not a safe place."

Schurman and Stockton's brother asked James to order Stock-ton to serve any new sentences concurrently with his DOC sentence.

"My family helped me through the same thing. I came out a different person. The more years you're in ain't going to help. I love my brother, and I know he loves me," Stockton's brother told the court before James made her ruling.

But James wanted to make an example of Stockton.

The sentence didn't have that much to do with the assault on Stockton's brother, James said.

"It has more to do with the fact that the state of Colorado has to do more to protect its facility," she said.

The next inmate charged with a violent act while in jail will be sentence to nine months, James said. The sentence will increase with each incident until the penalty maxes out at the state limit of two years.

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