Satterwhite hearing continues

A prosecutor from the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office agreed Thursday to continue a hearing in the felony criminal case against a local 21-year-old charged with purchasing alcohol for a minor.

Michael Satterwhite, who appeared in Moffat County District Court for a scheduled arraignment, is charged with one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony.

He was arrested following an investigation into the Oct. 26, 2008, death of Christopher Wilson, a 17-year-old Moffat County High School junior.

Wilson died after falling roughly 65 feet from the Sandrocks, the morning after he had attended a party. Craig Police Department reports indicated Wilson was drinking that night and was legally intoxicated at the time of death.

Satterwhite allegedly bought beer for Wilson a day before his death at a local convenience store, according to a Police Department arrest affidavit.

However, Satterwhite denied making the purchase during an interview with law enforcement.

At Thursday's arraignment, Jeremy Snow, deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, asked the court for a brief recess to speak with the defendant, who was not represented by counsel.

After returning, both parties requested a continuance to pursue a plea agreement and for Satterwhite to find an attorney.

He is scheduled to enter a plea at his next court appearance, set for 10 a.m. Feb. 19.

If convicted, a Class 4 felony carries a possible sentence of two to six years in prison and a $2,000 to $500,000 fine.

Poaching cases resume

The case of Jeremiah Tyson, 34, was continued in Moffat County Court this week.

Tyson is charged with one count of willful destruction of big game, a Class 5 felony; four counts of hunting without a license; five counts of illegal possession of wildlife; one count of aggravated illegal possession of wildlife; and one count of unlawful taking and possession of wildlife, all misdemeanors.

His next appearance is a status conference scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 9.

Tyson was arrested with two other men after a Colorado Division of Wildlife investigation in December 2008.

A DOW search warrant affidavit reported all three men admitted to various poaching crimes and discussed crimes the other two men committed.

John Davidson, 40, is charged with five counts of willful destruction of wildlife, a Class 5 felony; 10 counts of hunting without a license; 11 counts of illegal possession of wildlife; one count of unlawful taking and possession of wildlife; and one count of wildlife offense, all misdemeanors.

He is scheduled for a status conference at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in County Court.

The third man involved in the case, David Park, 37, pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to two counts of hunting without a license and two counts of illegal possession of wildlife, all misdemeanors.

He was sentenced to pay $3,695 in total fines and fees, and to relinquish his Remington hunting rifle.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

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