Arraignment in Craig burglary case continued |

Arraignment in Craig burglary case continued

Scott Schlaufman

Scott Steckel

An arraignment hearing for a man charged with felonies stemming from an alleged burglary was continued Tuesday in Moffat County District Court.

Scott Steckel, 36, is charged with second-degree burglary and theft, both Class 4 felonies, and two counts of first-degree criminal trespassing, a Class 5 felony. He is also charged with criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and five counts of being a habitual criminal.

Steckel appeared before Judge Shelley Hill with his attorney, Leslie Goldstein.

Goldstein said there have been plea negotiations with the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, and asked the judge to set a later date to enter a plea.

Hill set the hearing for 1 p.m. March 15.

Deputy district attorney John Pfeifer confirmed that plea discussions have taken place, but declined to comment on specifics.

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Steckel is out of custody on bond.

On Tuesday, Goldstein asked Hill to modify bond so he could leave the state for work.

"He has a job opportunity working with his father on an oil rig in Casper, Wyo., so we wanted to raise that issue with the court to see if the court would grant Mr. Steckel permission to work in Casper, Wyo.," Goldstein said.

Pfeifer had no objection and Hill granted the request, but noted that Steckel leaving the state was also dependent on a bondsman.

"Just because I said it was OK, that's not enough," Hill said. "You're going to have to have your surety consent, as well."

Steckel was arrested in November 2010 with Shane Meimerstorf after the two were allegedly found in possession of various tools and a bike that had been reported missing.

According to court records, police officers followed shoe prints and bicycle tire tracks left in the snow near the area from which the items were allegedly taken, and were led to a residence where Meimerstorf lived.

Meimerstorf pleaded not guilty in January to charges of second-degree burglary and theft, both Class 4 felonies; two counts of first-degree criminal trespassing, a Class 5 felony; violating bail bond conditions, a Class 6 felony; and criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

Hill set his trial for July 18 to 20.

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