Craig A Moffat County District Court judge issued a bench warrant Wednesday afternoon for a 41-year-old Craig man's arrest after he failed to appear in court for a jury verdict.
Steve Tamlin, who has an extensive criminal record dating back to at least 1991, according to Moffat County court records, was charged with second-degree assault, two counts of intimidating a witness/victim and a crime of violence sentence enhancer.
After deliberations, the jury found Tamlin guilty of the assault charge and the crime of violence sentence enhancer. He was found innocent on one count of witness/victim intimidation and the court dismissed the second during trial.
About midway through deliberations, the jury had a question for the court. The judge, attorneys and Tamlin were requested to come back to court, only Tamlin did not return for either the question or the verdict several hours later.
Michael O'Hara, chief judge of the 14th Judicial District, issued a warrant to the Moffat County Sheriff's Office for Tamlin's arrest.
A second-degree assault conviction along with the crime of violence sentence enhancer carries a mandatory Department of Corrections sentence, Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Snow said.
According to court records, Tamlin has prior convictions for an assortment of charges, including burglary, assault, domestic violence, violating a protection order, escape, criminal mischief and menacing, among others.
Tamlin, according to the criminal complaint, caused serious injury to a man Aug. 26, 2007.
The complaint also alleges Tamlin attempted to influence through "threat, act of harassment, or act of harm or injury to a person or property," two people - the victim and another man. The two men were listed on the criminal complaint as potential witnesses for trial.
Sheriff Tim Jantz and Capt. Bill Leonard, of the Craig Police Department, said a bulletin has been posted for patrol deputies and officers about the warrant on Tamlin.
"My guys have been by his house and all known locations," Jantz said. "They are actively looking for him."
"Any time we have an active warrant," Leonard said, "we're checking different places."
One person has requested increased patrols around his or her residence regarding Tamlin, the sheriff said.
When asked whether Tamlin could be charged with additional offenses for failing to appear, Snow had no comment.
Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or firstname.lastname@example.org.