October 25, 2011
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A suspect in an August 2011 vehicle theft in Craig faces new charges in Moffat County Court. Jarod Bays, 26, is charged with third-degree assault, criminal mischief and obstructing government operations, all misdemeanors, for his alleged involvement in a Thursday altercation with another inmate at the Moffat County Jail. According to court reports filed by jail Sgt. Delores Crow, Bays instigated a fight with inmate Mark Wentling, 40, over a television remote control in a jail lounge. Wentling has been in custody since October 2011 for his alleged involvement in a separate vehicle theft in Craig, according to court records. Crow wrote that jail surveillance video shows Wentling and three other inmates sitting at a table playing cards.
An eight-year Department of Corrections sentence could have been handed down Tuesday in Moffat County District Court against a Craig man charged in an Aug. 9 vehicle theft. Jarod Bays, 25, pleaded guilty Oct. 24, 2011, 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 misdemeanors. Hill presided over a sentencing hearing Tuesday, but rather than delivering the agreed upon sentence, the hearing was continued at the request of Bays’ attorney, Douglas Timmerman. Timmerman told the court his client was recently accepted to an inpatient treatment program sponsored by Denver Rescue Mission, and he asked for additional time to learn whether the program would be a viable alternative to jail time.
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 assault 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.