Craig man to appear for prelim next month

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— Court hearings for a 31-year-old Craig man facing a multitude of charges, including attempted murder, were continued Thursday afternoon in Moffat County Court.

James Barry faces 15 charges, most of them felonies, in three separate cases.

The first case, in which Barry faces three counts of misdemeanor assault, was scheduled for a plea hearing Thursday. It was continued, according to court records, until 2 p.m. Jan. 22.

That court date corresponds with Barry's appearance on the two others cases.

In the second case, he is charged with second-degree assault on a police officer, third-degree assault, obstructing a police officer and driving under restraint. The case is scheduled for a status conference.

The charges stem from Barry's alleged involvement in an eight-person melee outside Mathers Bar in Craig.

Police said Barry and two other individuals assaulted out-of-town construction workers; he then left the scene and attempted to elude police officers when they later found him at an apartment complex on Tucker Street.

The final case against Barry involves a September incident in which Barry and three others allegedly kidnapped, choked and threatened a 27-year-old Craig woman.

Barry is charged with two counts of second-degree kidnapping, attempted second-degree murder, two counts of second-degree assault, robbery, extortion and menacing.

Barry's preliminary hearing also is scheduled for Jan. 22.

In other court news:

• A Craig man arrested Dec. 14 for alleged sexual assault on a child is scheduled for an advisement hearing on charges at 1 p.m. Jan. 3.

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office arrested the man, who's name is being withheld by the newspaper in accordance with policies on allegations of sexual offenses, after receiving information that he assaulted a child.

The suspect is believed to be a family member of the victim.

He faces 10 total charges: four counts of aggravated incest, a Class 3 felony, three counts of sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, a Class 3 felony, an additional Class 4 felony by a person in a position of trust, and two counts of sexual assault on a child - pattern abuse, a Class 3 felony.

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