Inmate to pay for broken door

A Moffat County Jail inmate who broke a cell door will serve two years of probation and pay up to $2,737 in restitution and court costs, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Sheriff's deputies say Tommy Lee Barton, 22, of Craig, and another inmate, Shaun Phillip Sanchez, 26, of Craig, caused about $1,200 in damages in January when they broke their cell door.

Barton, who previously pleaded guilty to attempted criminal mischief, a Class 5 felony, appeared in 14th Judicial District Court on Tuesday for sentencing.

Chief Judge Michael O'Hara sentenced Barton to two years of supervised probation and ordered him to pay $1,200 of restitution in the case.

If Sanchez is convicted of breaking the door, as well, Barton will have to pay $600 in restitution, O'Hara said. But if Sanchez isn't convicted, Barton will be responsible for the entire amount.

Barton will have to pay an additional $1,200 in probation costs and more than $300 in other costs, the judge ruled.

Barton said he has a full-time job but that the costs would be difficult to pay.

"I've got, like, $6 in quarters," Barton told the judge.

Sanchez had been in Moffat County Jail since December on several charges, including assault, domestic violence, motor vehicle theft and distribution of methamphetamine. Last week, Sanchez pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him.

Barton had been in the jail since August, serving a six-month sentence for assault and failure to appear, when deputies say he and Sanchez broke the hinges off their cell door.

The broken door was within a pod of cells. The outer pod door remained closed so the two could not escape, deputies said.

This was the first case of its kind deputies said they had seen at the jail.

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