Judge refuses to lower bond in Tamlin cases

Christina M. Currie

Although charges were reduced from felony to misdemeanor, Moffat County Court Judge Mary Lynne James refused Steven Tamlin’s request that his $7,500 bond be lowered.

She said “no” while looking at a stack of case files with Tamlin’s name on them.

“The bond was set based on all the cases pending, not just the felony charge,” James told Tamlin’s attorney, public defender Sheryl Uhlmann.

Participants wound their way through a confusion of cases, trying to determine the status of each and plan a course of action that will lead to a resolution.

Tamlin had six cases listed on Tuesday’s county court docket.

In one case, the felony charge of second-degree assault was amended to a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. Tamlin is facing charges of assault, harassment, tampering, violation of a protective order, driving without proof of insurance, driving without valid registration and attempted assault of a police officer in at least six cases. He is facing some charges twice in separate cases, and he’s pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Mark Stern, representing the District Attorney’s Office, said a plea agreement might be possible on the misdemeanor charges but that a plea that lumps all Tamlin’s charges together likely isn’t.

Should the parties not be able to agree on a plea agreement, Tamlin will return to court in December for three trials, one of which — a harassment charge — he’ll represent himself.

He’s due in court next week for a status conference on other charges.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or

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