Craig murder suspect appears in Moffat County District Court for advisement



Leroy Fief

A Craig resident accused of murder appeared Monday in Moffat County District Court for an advisement hearing.

Leroy Fief, 48, of Craig, is charged in district court with one count of first-degree murder, a Class 1 felony. He is in custody at Moffat County Jail and is being held without bond, pending a proof evident hearing scheduled for Dec. 19.

Chief Judge Michael O’Hara presided over Monday’s proceedings. He explained to Fief his rights and potential penalties should he plead or be found guilty of the murder charge at trial.

According to Colorado Revised Statutes, the presumptive minimum sentence for a Class 1 felony is life in prison. The presumptive maximum is death.

According to the warrantless arrest affidavit, at approximately 12:20 a.m. Sunday, Craig Police Department officers were dispatched to Elk Head Apartments, 456 Yampa Ave., for an unknown disturbance.

A trooper with the Colorado State Patrol and deputies from the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the call, the affidavit stated.

Upon their arrival, authorities encountered Fief and his wife standing in the parking lot between Elk Head Apartments and Mathers’ Bar. A third individual, 43-year-old Craig resident Shane Arredondo, was lying on the ground and appeared to be the victim of an assault, according to the affidavit.

Fief approached one of the responding officers and said he stabbed Arredondo, according to the affidavit.

Fief was placed under arrest as law enforcement officers began first aid until EMS technicians arrived. Arredondo was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig where he was later pronounced dead, according to court records.

Fief and his wife were transported, separately, from the scene to the Moffat County Public Safety Center. During a Sunday morning interview with law enforcement officers, Fief said the alleged altercation stemmed from a Dec. 6 incident in which he observed his wife’s cell phone contained a voicemail message and several text messages from an unknown male individual, according to the affidavit.

Fief confronted his wife about the messages. She responded that nothing inappropriate was happening, according to the affidavit.

At about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Fief left home for Trapper Mine where he works as a heavy equipment operator. It was his first rotation back on the night shift. At about 10:30 p.m., after trying to reach his wife by phone several times, Fief told his boss he had to attend to a family emergency at home, according to the affidavit.

About 10 minutes later, Fief arrived at his house to find his wife wasn’t home. He said he grabbed a knife from a wooden block in the kitchen and went looking for her, the affidavit stated.

Around 11 p.m., Fief said he located his wife’s car in the parking lot on Yampa Ave. between Elk Head Apartments and Mathers’ Bar. Fief pulled his truck into the lot and first looked for his wife at Mathers’ but was unable to find her. Fief said he returned to his truck and sent his wife several messages from the parking lot during the course of the next hour, according to the affidavit. His wife never responded.

Fief told law enforcement officers he witnessed his wife exit a unit at Elk Head Apartments at about 12:10 or 12:15 a.m. with a then-unidentified male, Shane Arredondo. The two allegedly embraced and kissed outside her driver’s side door, according to the affidavit.

Fief exited his truck, reportedly with his knife in hand, to confront Arredondo. During the interview, Fief told officers he thought he stabbed Arredondo four or five times in the ensuing confrontation.

After the incident, Fief said he told his wife to call for help. He was walking from the parking lot toward Yampa Avenue when law enforcement officers arrived, at which point he put his hands up and was taken into custody, according to the affidavit.

After the interview law enforcement officers learned Arredondo was pronounced dead at TMH. They escorted Fief to Moffat County Jail where he was booked on suspicion of first-degree murder, according to the affidavit.

On Monday, O’Hara ordered that Fief not tamper with any witnesses or victims in the case; control or possess a firearm or other weapon; or consume alcohol or other substances.

Fief also is governed by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, O’Hara ordered, and may have consensual contact only with his wife.

Fief is represented by Sheryl Uhlmann, deputy state public defender out of the Steamboat Springs regional office.

Brett Barkey, 14th Judicial District Attorney, is prosecuting Fief.

Although it is customary for felony cases to begin in Moffat County Court, Barkey requested a direct file to district court, which was granted Monday by O’Hara.

Fief is scheduled to return to district court at 8:15 a.m. Dec. 19 for a status conference. A bond hearing may also take place immediately following.

Fief’s first preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 4.

Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or


oljw00 3 years, 12 months ago

RE: Coloradogurl4lyfe I would assume you mean your thoughts and prayers are with the family who has to bury their kin....who was stabbed to death at 43.

But we both know you don't.


Coloradogurl4lyfe 3 years, 12 months ago

I have no disrespect for the dead. But the Fiefs are also going through a hard time. I also have no sympathy for cheaters. I'm not saying it was okay for Lee to do that but it was the other twos fault too. Yes I pray for the family of Shane, but I didn't know him. I knew Lee really well and I respect him and feel for his family. His sons included. Where is all of the sympathy for the thousands that die every day in other countries? They don't get any recognition whatsoever. Lee was protecting his wife. Anyone who knew their family would know that he would give Rose the world if he could. He loved his family so very much. He is getting his fair share of punishment so just leave it alone. Yes my prayers go to the Fief family also and I don't feel guilty about it. Actually my prayers and thoughts can go to whoever I want them to. But I also pray that The Lord helps Shane's family through this horrible grieving they have ahead of them.


oljw00 3 years, 12 months ago

Lee made a conscious choice to (allegedly) commit murder - most likely in a premeditated fashion whereby he took the time to hunt down and literally stab a man to death....

And while none of us is perfect, to try and equate cheating (which ISN'T exactly what was going on here and you know it) with a capital crime of this magnitude is laughably callous and completely misdirected animosity.

I'm sorry to inform you of the facts but roughly half of all marriages fail.....and that is what was happening here. She made a conscious decision to NOT be with Lee but to be with Shane and they were quite open about it publicly.

What you have here is a case where a man refused to accept that his wife wanted to end their marriage and decided to mortally punish the other man out of rage....and in a premeditated manner. Lee was protecting his wife, he just couldn't accept the fact Rose didn't want to be with him.

And as a result of his actions, being he loved his family so gosh darn much, Lee will get to spend the rest of his life locked away in a tiny cell (if he's lucky) in Canyon City hundreds of miles away not being able to be part of their lives save for an occasional visit from behind three inches of glass talking on a phone. Furthermore, he also took someone else's life away from his friends and family forever.

Yeah, what a swell family man.


oljw00 3 years, 12 months ago

Excuse me... I meant to say he "wasn't" protecting his wife...

To try and make the point he was is pathetic at best.


oljw00 3 years, 12 months ago

Hey Coloradogurl4lyfe...

When calling someone "rediculously stupid" you might consider spelling 'ridiculously' correctly or you risk exposing yourself as suffering from a diminished intellect.

But by all means...keep up the good work of diminishing yourself one post at a time.

(I notice how you didn't other refute ANY of my assertions)...



bpicanco 3 years, 12 months ago

This is so sad. I feel bad for both families. One women's stupidity lead to one man being murdered and the other one in prison possibly for the rest of his life.


Coloradogurl4lyfe 3 years, 12 months ago

@bpicanco I totally agree with you! @oljw00 Who was there at his son Kody's basketball games? Leroy was. Every single one of them. Maybe you should think before you judge!


bpicanco 3 years, 12 months ago


I agree Leroy was there for Kody and all his sports.


oljw00 3 years, 12 months ago

Choosing NOT to be with someone doesn't make them stupid. It simply means she decided to be with someone else and last I checked we all have the right to make that decision.

Choosing to murder someone out of anger because you weren't the one chosen does.

And BTW....It's great he went to all of his son's BB games. But Lee's SELFISH and FELONIOUS actions on this faithful night will remove him from the rest of Kody's life COMPLETELY. Seems to me that kind of over-rides having attended a few sporting events.

Oh, and let us not forget Shane has also been removed from his family as well - albeit Shane's situation is a wee bit more permanent.


trout2k 3 years, 12 months ago

Those who pose their judgements one way or another, for or against any of those involved, Get your egos full of judgment and scapegoating. At the end of the day, people are suffering and this has become a spectacle of a whole lot of suffering. Feast yourselves until you're sick with it. Realize you're doing so at the expense of others suffering. Enjoy.


bpicanco 3 years, 12 months ago


Your right we do have the right to make the decision. She could of left him she decided not and go behind his back.and see someone else. Her decisions cost the life of one and left another in prison and two innocent boys without a father. Don't forget Shane was not innocent in this either. I'm sorry for Shane's families lost but he made a bad decision and messed around with a married women.So Leroy was not the only one who made a selfish decision. Two other people made selfish decision's. Just saying..


yaho 3 years, 12 months ago

I don't think he has been found guilty yet has he?? He did not go looking for this , I believe it may have been self defense?? He was not a bar fly, unlike the other. Shane should have treated her better. Horrible for all involved.


Coloradogurl4lyfe 3 years, 12 months ago

It wasn't just Kody who was left without a father. His oldest son was left as well. It's a shame how you can have a dad one minute and then not have one the next.


oljw00 3 years, 12 months ago

YAHO: Shane wasn't at Mathers.. He was at an apt next door WITH Rose...this just went down in the shared parking lot. But thanks for trying to paint him as a barfly. And self-defense is gonna be a hard one to prove when you are waiting for someone in a car to come out of said apt.


oljw00 3 years, 12 months ago


And whose decision was that?


Marilynn Hill 3 years, 12 months ago

As the stomach turns. Typical Craig mentality, can't resolve our personal demons by talking with each other and counseling, so we go looking for a fight because pride, ego and anger take over. Good kid, working to take his life in a great direction; he has classes with my daughter and she speaks highly of him, but poor decisions by ALL the adults involved, ALL by the way are suppose to be setting an example for our young people...who loses once again, the children.


eieiolrighty 3 years, 12 months ago

I guess what I don't understand is, Rose was STILL MARRIED to Leroy. Rose was still living in THEIR house.. Leroy was rubbing Rose's neck at the basketball game on Saturday...If she was dating another man and wasn't with Leroy anymore, why did she allow him to stand there and rub her neck, why was she still in the house with Leroy and at the same time with Shane in his home? Would this not confuse anyone!! You have no idea what this woman was telling her HUSBAND and her only know what she was telling you. Do you not see anything wrong with this picture, HUSBAND and BOYFRIEND, MARRIED and DATING??? You think you know what you would have done in this situation. You cannot judge another by what they have done. Humans can only take so much and then they break. Adultery should be illegal, just for this reason. NOBODY WINS!!! Some people do take their vows seriously, till death do us part. Some people love unconditionally.

I, myself, do not understand why any one person would put themselves through this much pain for another...Love, it does such strange things. I pray to God that someday Rose realizes how much Leroy loved her. Leroy will be judged! Thank God! Who will win in this case....? I pray that God watches over Kyle and Kody and gives them peace one day. I pray that God gives Kyle and Kody the strength to forgive their mother and father.
I pray that someday I can understand all this. Never in my dreams would I have ever seen this coming. My prayers go out to both families!!


btyjo77 3 years, 12 months ago

As a community let's focus on the boys! They will need all the love and support they can get. Please think of them when you post ugly comments ...


violetkaye 3 years, 12 months ago

I'm not going to pretend to know what exactly is going on here, but I'm gonna go with the "facts" published in the paper, such as a confession of either true or false facts, and believe that this is just a giant tragedy. It's heartbreaking, and I pray for all families and individuals involved. I can't even begin to fathom what they're going through. And at such a family-oriented time of year. A true shame. Many would like to pass judgement, but that is wrong. How many of you are perfect? I'd be willing to bet my life not a single one. Before you cast out your judgements, look at your own hands first. Are they really clean enough to be pointing fingers with?


causeIcan 3 years, 11 months ago


I could not agree more.

For the rest of you whom must hate:

Why hate on Shane? You cannot really make his situation any worse, why try? Tarnishing his name cannot harm him. The only reason to hate on him is to hurt others.

Why hate on Leroy? Can you imagine a worse living fate? Loosing family, freedom and being branded a killer? The only reason to hate on him is to hurt others.

Why hate on Rose? She has lost two men whom she cared for, has been branded by the judgemental a cheater/whore/adultress and has a child to raise through and after all of this. Do you hate on her to hurt her or some other person?

Have you ever thought of how your words and thoughtless statements harm those around you? Your bickering, your theorizing? What if LEROY's SON READ WHAT YOU WRITE? Hmmm?? OR SHANE'S BROTHER? Do you even think of that? Or is it your hope that they will?

Collectively many of you seem to be the petty, small, mean-minded, UNHAPPY sods with little social life or skills that make this wonderful community such a little paintin' place. Grind the meat, stir the pot....oh, never mind the blood..........


trout2k 3 years, 11 months ago

Causeican thank you for posting this. Your words mean a lot. Please daily press and people of this community, think of the ethics behind free speech. We can say what we want, but what we say effects the many youths that read the press and it effects the families associated with this tragic event.


Jason Phillips 3 years, 11 months ago

Many of the comments here are borderline disturbing.

Coloradogurl4lyfe said "I have no sympathy for cheaters," as she tried to justify a premeditated murder. What planet are you from?

I understand that good people can make bad mistakes... But this goes way beyond a mistake. It takes a certain level of evil and hate to stab a person.


momma_mia 3 years, 11 months ago

causeIcan thank you so much! You are 100% right. This all just makes me sick and the justification by some makes me sicker!


oljw00 3 years, 11 months ago

I acquiesce this is horrible for Leroy and his family, But Shane lost his life, and the decision to end it was Leroy's alone.

I am quite certain he regrets it now.


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