Car theft suspect pleads guilty



Jarod Bays

A suspect in an August car theft pleaded guilty Monday in Moffat County District Court to reduced charges and could serve up to 11 years in the Department of Corrections.

Jarod Bays, 25, of Craig, entered his guilty plea before Judge Shelley Hill to aggravated motor vehicle theft in the first degree, a Class 4 felony, and driving under the influence of alcohol and reckless endangerment, both of which are misdemeanors.

Additional charges of criminal mischief of $20,000 or more, a Class 3 felony, and trespass of an auto with intent to commit, a Class 5 felony, were dropped according to court records.

Bays also pled guilty to violating the terms of his probation, which may subject him to enhanced punishment when he is sentenced Jan. 3, 2012.

Jon Pfeifer, Moffat County Deputy District Attorney, prosecuted the case and said Bays could spend eight to 11 years in prison.

Authorities allege Bays and two other local residents — Alicia Colvin, 31, and Joseph A. Galvan, 20 — stole a 2001 Lexus from the driveway of Craig residents Joel and Janet Sheridan, and later crashed the vehicle at the corner of Barclay and 10th streets.

Bays is suspected of driving the vehicle during the course of the theft.

Joel Sheridan said he was not aware of the news when reached for comment Monday night.

He said the only thing he may do regarding the case is fill out “victim papers” with the court outlining financial losses that were not covered by his insurance.

Colvin and Galvan are facing charges of motor vehicle theft and trespass of an auto with intent to commit.

Galvan is represented by a public defender and is scheduled to be arraigned at 1 p.m. Oct. 31 before Judge Michael O’Hara in Moffat County District Court.

Colvin also has court-appointed counsel and is scheduled to be arraigned at 11 a.m. Nov. 1 before Judge O’Hara in district court.

Attorney Doug Timmerman, who represents Bays, could not be reached Monday for comment.

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lostyermarbles 5 years, 6 months ago

Wonder if it was worth it. You can walk across craig in a hour or less.


Tammy2 5 years, 6 months ago

Get this junk out of the public population.


maria101 5 years, 3 months ago

You really wonder if it was worth it???Do you people actually think these kids are proud of being associated with this..A.mind altering substance had EVERYTHING to do with this accident..They all need treatment not to be just locked up, this was a terrifying car wreck not just for the neighborhood it happened in but for them to, does nobody put themselves in their shoes? just one tracked minded in this town huh...This town is so full of drunks believe me theres more accidents bound to happen in this little town..


Becky Plummer 5 years, 3 months ago

Maria101 What I really think is this, they put themselves (and their children) in that position when they decided to do drugs and steal cars. They should have got treatment for themselves before this happened, it shouldn't have to be a court ordered deal. And yeah I bet it was a terrifying wreck, especially for the people that lost their property, that they worked so hard for and had some half-wits come by and steal... They get no sympathy here. And no not one tracked, right tracked..


cory5611 5 years, 3 months ago

Lets blame drinking and drugs and not take responsibility for just being a dumbass if you do the crime you do the time im going to go get a speeding ticket now and blame my car for it because it was going to fast or maybe rob a bank the gun made me do it this is easy to not take responsibility and blame others


maria101 5 years, 3 months ago

Well i understand what your saying and im sure as i am of my hair color that they were not doing drugs they had been drinking all day,lets just clear that one up and they feel so bad as they should...everything is going to work out for these kids im sure of it they are very strong people and wonderful parents even considering what they just put themselves and their kids through...the lords going to see them through this


cory5611 5 years, 3 months ago

Just how many times do they need a second chance this is what is wrong with this world to day they keep letting people like this have all these chances and people keep getting hurt from them just how many people got hurt this day because they whated to drink and how much money is it costing us the taxpayer to deal with these people


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