Vehicle theft suspects slated for court appearances
October 8, 2011
An attorney for a local man allegedly involved in a vehicle theft and crash said he could enter a not guilty plea for his client Tuesday in Moffat County Court.
Attorney Doug Timmerman represents Jarod Bays, 25, of Craig.
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.
Formal charges were filed Aug. 15 against the suspects, according to court records.
Bays, who allegedly drove the stolen vehicle, is charged with criminal mischief of $20,000 or more, a Class 3 felony; motor vehicle theft, a Class 4 felony; trespass of an auto with intent to commit, a Class 5 felony; and driving under the influence and reckless endangerment, misdemeanors. He is also facing two counts of habitual criminal.
Timmerman said he has been trying to work out a plea agreement with Jon Pfeifer, Moffat County Chief Deputy District Attorney, but a deal has not been reached.
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Timmerman said he is going to ask Judge Shelley Hill to continue the case Tuesday to give he and Pfeifer more time to work on an agreement.
However, if a continuation is not granted and the court demands a plea Tuesday, Timmerman said he and his client will enter a plea of not guilty.
Bays was arraigned during his first appearance Sept. 29 in district court, where his bond was reduced from $75,000 to $50,000, according to court records.
Timmerman said his client has not been able to post bond and is still in custody at the Moffat County Jail.
Tuesday will be his second appearance before Hill. The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. in district court.
Galvan and Colvin are charged with motor vehicle theft and trespass of an auto with intent to commit.
Galvan is scheduled to appear before Judge Sandra Gardner at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Moffat County Court for a preliminary hearing.
He is still in custody and is represented by a public defender. Bond is set at $50,000.
Colvin was released from jail on $3,000 bond Aug. 16. She is also represented by a public defender.
Colvin's case was bound over to district court Oct. 4. She is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 31 before Hill.
Pfeifer also is prosecuting Galvan and Colvin.