DA, public defender agree to deal
Murder solicitation charge dismissed against Craig man
November 14, 2008
The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the attorney for a Craig man charged with soliciting murder settled on a plea agreement Monday in Moffat County District Court.
William Kurtis Baird, 18, was charged with solicitation to commit first-degree murder, a Class 2 felony, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony.
He appeared Monday in District Court with his attorney, public defender Sheryl Uhlmann, for an arraignment hearing. Jeremy Snow, deputy district attorney for the 14th, handled the hearing for the prosecution.
Under the agreement, Baird pleaded guilty to the contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge in exchange for a dismissal of the solicitation charge.
The charges against Baird stemmed from a joint Craig Police Department and All Crimes Enforcement Team investigation.
Prosecutors alleged that Baird attempted to persuade a 17-year-old to help him shoot and kill two men, a 56-year-old and his 18-year-old son. The 17-year-old later tipped authorities to Baird after their conversation.
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The suspect, according to the arrest affidavit, wrote out a “hit list” of the two men he sought to kill, a list of equipment needed and an escape route.
Baird is scheduled to be sentenced at 3 p.m. Dec. 30 in District Court.
The sentencing range for a Class 4 felony conviction is two to six years in the Department of Corrections.
However, in the Baird case, attorneys agreed to an open sentencing, meaning the presiding judge has the flexibility to sentence Baird to prison, probation or community corrections.
On Monday, Judge Shelley Hill ordered a pre-sentencing report on Baird be prepared before his hearing next month.
Baird has been in custody at the Moffat County Jail since September, when he was arrested.
In other court news
The District Attorney’s Office filed a formal charge Thursday against 21-year-old Craig man Michael Daniel Satterwhite.
Satterwhite is charged in Moffat County Court with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class 4 felony.
The charge stems from a Craig Police Department investigation into the death of 17-year-old Christopher Wilson, a Moffat County High School junior, also of Craig.
Wilson died Oct. 26 after falling approximately 65 feet from the Sandrocks. He had attended a party the night before and reportedly was drinking. Police reported that Wilson was legally intoxicated at the time of death.
Satterwhite, according to the criminal complaint, “unlawfully, feloniously induced, aided or encouraged” Wilson, “a child, to violate any state law, namely: possession or consumption of alcohol by a minor.”
The Police Department’s investigation into Wilson’s death revealed that Satterwhite allegedly bought beer for Wilson a day before his death at a local liquor store, according to an arrest affidavit. Satterwhite denied making the purchase during an interview with police.
He is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 25.
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