Moffat County district judge reduces Leroy Fief’s murder sentence |

Moffat County district judge reduces Leroy Fief’s murder sentence

Craig Press Staff Report
Leroy Fief, pictured in 2013, recently had his 30-year sentence reduced by six years following a written order from Moffat County District Judge Michael O'Hara. Fief was convicted of second-degree murder in 2013.
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CRAIG — Moffat County District Judge Michael O’Hara on Thursday, Sept 20, issued a written order reducing Leroy Fief’s sentence from 30 years in prison to 24 years, according to a news release from the 14th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

On Sept. 27, 2013, a Moffat County jury convicted Fief of second-degree murder for the December 2012 fatal stabbing of Craig resident Shane Arredondo in Craig.

Fief had requested the court reconsider the length of his sentence. O’Hara was the judge who originally sentenced Fief in December 2013.

Both the district attorney’s office and Arredondo’s family addressed their opposition to any reduction in Fief’s sentence.

“Mr. Arredondo’s family and I are disappointed that the court reduced Fief’s sentence, though we respect that the court was fully within its discretion to do so,” ” District Attorney Brett Barkey said in the statement.

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