Sheriff's Office: Two more juveniles suspected in crime

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The Moffat County Sheriff's Office believes two more juveniles were involved in a rash of burglaries last month and is continuing its probe into the matter.

Sergeant Rick Holford said Wednesday that deputies suspect eight individuals committed six burglaries at five businesses from Nov. 20 to 29. The businesses burglarized were Snyder and Counts Feed, Cox Brother Sawmill, Moffat County Landfill, River Ridge Restaurant and Axis Steel, which the eight suspects allegedly hit twice.

Six of those suspects are in custody in Natrona County, Wyo., facing charges from a robbery and gun battle with law enforcement officers.

The other two are in Moffat County, Holford said, at the center of an on-going investigation.

"We think we know who all is involved," Holford said.

There is no timetable for when the two other juveniles will be arrested and charged with the break-ins.

"We're not worried about them. They're not going anywhere," Holford said.

Two of the six suspects facing charges in Wyoming, adults Paul Marin Howell, 29, and Michael Garren, 19, are scheduled to appear in court at 10 a.m. today with their public defender for a preliminary hearing, court officials in Natrona County said.

They are charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, armed robbery, concealing property, conspiracy to commit murder and five counts of attempted murder.

A judge will determine whether there is sufficient evidence for the two men to stand trial.

The other four suspects are juveniles. Each of them -- Daniel Merwin, 16, James Gore, 17, Steven Liljedahl, 16, and Johnathan Milligan, 16 -- is charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, armed robbery, concealing property, and conspiracy to commit murder. Milligan is also charged with five additional counts of attempted murder.

Gore has waived his preliminary hearing, a Natrona County court clerk said. Motions have been made in juvenile court on behalf of Merwin, Liljedahl and Milligan, the clerk said.

The charges stem from the six suspects allegedly robbing a bar in Casper, Wyo., of $260 and then trading gunfire while trying to evade police.

The attempted murder charges against Howell, Garren and Milligan stem from the three allegedly shooting at five officers from the Casper Police Department, Natrona County Sheriff's Department and the Mills Police Department.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.

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