Craig men face charges in stabbing |

Craig men face charges in stabbing

Joshua Roberts

— Two Craig men face criminal charges in Carbon County, Wyo., stemming from an alleged stabbing earlier this month at a bar in Dixon.

Ronald Simones, 49, is charged with aggravated assault and battery and possession of a deadly weapon with unlawful intent. Gregory Knez, 47, is charged with accessory after the fact.

The charges are felonies.

The men were booked into the Carbon County Jail following an Aug. 3 incident at the Dixon Club, east of Baggs, Wyo. Simones posted $50,000 bond, and Knez posted $25,000 bond.

According to an affidavit by deputy Brian J. Lally, of the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office, club bouncer Pat Seiloff and Simones became involved in a heated exchange and Seiloff “poked” Simones.

“Thereafter, defendant (Simones) stumbled,” according to the affidavit. “The victim (Seiloff) then yelled out that he had been stabbed.”

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“The witnesses at the Dixon Club stated that they saw a lot of blood on the victim, and also saw him bleeding from his neck.”

Seiloff had been seen with a “young girl” later identified as Simones’ granddaughter earlier that night, the affidavit reports.

Another bar bouncer, Kent “Cubby” Harrison confronted Simones as he was leaving the bar, the affidavit reports.

“Mr. Harrison attempted to obtain (the) defendant’s license plate information, and as he was coming around the vehicle, he asked (the) defendant why he stabbed the victim,” according to the affidavit. “(The) defendant turned toward Mr. Harrison and brandished a gun.”

Knez was with Simones earlier in the evening, but was not present during the altercation at the bar, Lally reported.

A Baggs Police Officer, assisted by a Carbon County Sheriff’s Office deputy, later detained Simones in a traffic stop. Knez, in a separate vehicle, was stopped behind Simones, Lally reported.

According to the affidavit, after the police officer stopped Simones, Knez pulled in behind, exited his vehicle and became “belligerent with the officer.”

The officer “drew his weapon and commanded Mr. Knez to return to his vehicle,” the document reads. “Mr. Knez was not compliant with the officer’s commands and demanded (the officer) ‘shoot him.'”

The officer withdrew pepper spray and Knez “became compliant,” Lally reported.

Simones later informed the officer “he had stabbed someone at the Dixon Club, but he did not know where the knife was.” Blood was also seen on him and in his vehicle, Lally reported.

The police officer went to Knez’s vehicle and “observed a gun with the hammer pulled back and the gun had what (the officer) believed to be blood on it.” The officer also observed a “long barreled revolver facing the driver’s door and a shotgun with a barrel facing the floor,” according to the affidavit.

Deputy Lally reported that he saw a “bloody knife on Mr. Knez’s dashboard along with the multiple firearms in the front seat.”

Knez told deputies that he pulled to the side of the road when Simones “just happened to stop by,” according to the affidavit.

Simones asked “Mr. Knez if he could put the ‘stuff’ in his vehicle, which Mr. Knez agreed to. Mr Knez stated that he did not know what items (the) defendant was putting in his vehicle.

Both men waived their right to a preliminary hearing within 10 or 20 days. Knez’s preliminary hearing has been rescheduled to 11 a.m. Oct. 15; Simones’ hearing has not been rescheduled yet, a Second Judicial District court clerk said.

The affidavit reported Seiloff was taken to The Memorial Hospital in Craig and later flown to Grand Junction for treatment.

In other court news

• Two men the All Crimes Enforcement Team arrested in March on assorted drug charges appeared Wednesday afternoon in Moffat County District Court. One defendant agreed to a plea deal and the other is going to jury trial.

Marco Contreras-Alcala pleaded guilty to distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance. Three counts of possession with intent, conspiracy to distribute, and a sentence enhancer were dismissed.

Under terms of a plea agreement, any prison sentence he receives will be capped at 12 years. Sentencing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 22 in District Court.

Horacio Contreras-Alcala is charged with distribution of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, two counts of possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.

He entered a not guilty plea Wednesday.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Oct. 22 and a five-day jury trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 12, 2009.