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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