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Woman involved in officer hostage situation appears in court — bond set at $500,000

Patrick Kelly

On Tuesday afternoon, officers packed Moffat County Courthouse in anticipation of a bond hearing for Georgie Louise Hand, the woman who allegedly took two officers hostage last month along with her now deceased husband.

Hand, 43, has been charged with kidnapping and attempted murder after she and James Brent Damon allegedly held Moffat County Sheriff's Deputy Bhrent Shock and Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Manager Nathan Martinez hostage off of U.S. Highway 40 near the Colorado-Utah border.

Assistant District Attorney for the 14th Judicial District Han Ng requested bail be set at $1 million, stating Hand has a reputation for evading law enforcement and she poses a threat to the community.

"I think she is a significant flight risk, in fact this whole situation came up because she and her confederate were currently fleeing," he said. "To some extent, I think her actions were precipitated by intent to keep fleeing."

Hand and Damon were wanted in several states for a number of other charges before they pulled a gun on officers on March 9. In Colorado, the couple had arrest warrants from Chaffee County for breaking into numerous cars in late January.

They were also wanted in Mississippi on nationwide extradition warrants.

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According to court records, Hand stated both she and Damon used meth in the week leading up to the incident, and that Damon used "two to three times a day if not more."

Hand appeared before the court via video stream from Moffat County Jail and was represented by public defender Molly Hamsher who requested bond be set at $100,000.

After hearing from both counsels, Judge Shelley A. Hill set bail at $500,000 cash or surety bond and scheduled a preliminary hearing for 8:30 a.m. May 18.

Moffat County Sherrif KC Hume said the fact representatives from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Craig Police Department and Moffat County Sherriff's office were present at the hearing demonstrates the solidarity between members of law enforcement.

Reach Patrick Kelly at 970-875-1795 or pkelly@craigdailypress.com. Follow him on Twitter @M_Pkelly.

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