Runaway inmate's case continued


A plea agreement hearing for an inmate who fled from police custody late last year was continued Tuesday afternoon in Moffat County Court.

Garrick Hafen, 35, of Craig, is charged with escaping from jail.

Hafen, who was in jail on drug charges and warrants from Utah and Arizona, was working unsupervised as a jail trustee at Centennial Mall on Nov. 1 when he walked away. He was arrested four months later in Westminster.

Prosecutors and Hafen's attorney, public defender Sheryl Uhlmann, have been working on a plea agreement.

Hafen was set to appear Tuesday before Moffat County Judge Mary Lynne James. James continued the hearing until 1 p.m. June 20.

Deputy District Attorney Michael Stern said the defense requested the continuance. He said Hafen's attorney is awaiting information from law enforcement in Utah.

He would not comment on terms of the possible plea agreement.

Hafen was originally booked into Moffat County Jail in August on charges of methamphetamine possession, false reporting to authorities and outstanding warrants from Mojave 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 when he walked away. He was arrested without incident Feb. 19 after police responded to a disturbance at a Westminster home.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or

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