Man pleads guilty to 2 robberies |

Man pleads guilty to 2 robberies

A Craig man pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to two counts of aggravated robbery.

Talmage Earl Willis, 23, was arrested in April on suspicion of robbing Craig’s west end Kum & Go.

After the robbery, Willis was mistakenly let out of jail. He was issued a personal rec–ognizance bond for the incident in April.

A personal recognizance bond means a person can get out of jail on their own recognizance or without paying a high bond. The personal recognizance bond was issued to Willis because police had not filed a probable cause affidavit on time or the District Attorney’s Office had not filed formal charges on time.

While out on bail, Willis is suspected of robbing Smoker Friendly in early June.

He was being held on a $40,000 cash or surety bond before he pleaded guilty.

Willis’s attorney, Sheryl Uhlmann, and Assistant District Attorney Amy Fitch urged the Fourteenth Judicial Judge Michael O’Hara to go forward with immediate sentencing.

Despite their requests, O’Hara issued a Pre Sentence Investigation report to be done. A PSI asks the probation department to do a background check on the defendant to make sure the judge agrees to the outline of the plea agreement.

Under the current plea, Willis would serve a 6-year concurrent term in the Department of Corrections for both robberies. Since Willis pleaded guilty to two Class 4 felonies he also could be fined as much as $500,000 and will face a mandatory sentence of three years’ probation. He also has a felony warrant out of California that could factor into the sentencing.

As part of the plea the other charges in both cases — theft, third-degree assault, felony menacing and bond violation — would be dropped.

Typical conviction of a Class 4 felony usually carries a term of two to six years in prison and a minimal fine of $2,000.

Willis will be back in court for sentencing Aug. 10. He is currently being held in the Moffat County Jail.

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