Jail escapee working on deal

The man who walked away from Moffat County Jail in November is working on a plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office, a prosecutor in the case said Tuesday.

Garrick Hafen, 35, of Craig, had a plea hearing scheduled Monday in Moffat County Court.

Hafen is charged with escaping from the jail. Hafen, who was in jail on drug charges and warrants from Utah and Arizona, was working as a jail trustee at Centennial Mall when he walked away Nov. 1.

Hafen was arrested in West--minster on Feb. 19.

On Tuesday, Moffat County Judge Mary Lynne James continued Hafen's case until May 23.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Stern said the continuance would give prosecutors time to get more information from authorities in Utah before completing the plea agreement.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Hafen originally was booked into Moffat County Jail in August on charges of methamphetamine possession, false reporting to authorities and outstanding warrants from Mohave County, Ariz., and St. George, Utah. The warrants were for charges of forgery and drug possession, according to the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

Hafen was working at the Friends of the Library used book sale Nov. 1 when he walked away.

He was arrested without incident in February after police responded to a disturbance at a Westminster home.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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