Alleged stabbing lands Craig man in Pueblo mental hospital
Craig — John Henry Simmons, 60, accused of stabbing a neighbor and charged with first-degree assault and felony menacing, is undergoing a court-ordered competency evaluation.
Until results of the evaluation are available, his case has come to a halt.
Moffat County Court Judge Mary Lynne James ordered a competency evaluation on Aug. 9 at the request of Norm Townsend, public defender and attorney for Simmons. Results of the evaluation are due by Sept. 15.
Neither James nor Townsend were available to comment on why a competency hearing was requested.
On July 11, Simmons knocked on the door of a neighbor, Tony Luman, 45, at Columbine Apartments and allegedly stabbed Luman in the ribs. The resulting cut was described as being 3 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide. Luman also suffered from superficial cuts to the chest. The cuts were classified as “serious bodily injury” by a Craig doctor.
Simmons was being held in the Moffat County Jail on a $25,000 bond until his transfer to Pueblo, Colo., Aug. 10. Simmons was transported to the Department of Human Services at the Colorado Mental Health Institute.
Simmons has three other cases on file at Moffat County Courthouse. On Jan. 10, 1995, he was charged with criminal mischief after allegedly kicking in the door of the Yampa Hotel. Simmons pleaded no contest and the charge was dropped after the owner of the Yampa Hotel said full restitution had been made. At the time, Judge James noted her “grave concerns” about Simmons’ ability to enter a plea based on his competency. In December 1995, Simmons was charged with theft and third-degree criminal trespassing. Charges in that case were also dropped when full restitution was made. The next year, Simmons was arrested for theft, disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon. He was sentenced to six months unsupervised probation, had fines of $50 suspended because he was indigent and assessed court costs.
Simmons faces two to 32 years in prison and a fine of $1,000 to $750,000 if convicted of the stabbing.
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