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Oil worker gets four years

A criminal record didn’t bode well for an oil worker who received four years in the Colorado Department of Corrections from a district court judge Tuesday.

Ryan Lyle Lesher, 34, was arrested in Moffat County on suspicion of theft from a storage facility.

The Washington state man was working for Grey Wolf Inc., an oil-drilling company with operations in Moffat County at the time of his arrest, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

While an inmate at the Moffat County Jail, Lesher was charged with second-degree assault on another inmate. Four other inmates faced similar felony charges for a March 12 incident. Since then, a number of those charges against those people have been pleaded down or dismissed.

Moffat County Chief District Judge Michael O’Hara said Lesher would receive a stricter sentence than called for by a plea agreement because the man had four felony convictions out of Washington. The plea called for three years in prison. However, it was the recommendation of a presentence investigation not to go with those terms.

Lesher pleaded guilty Tues–day to felony charges of at—-tempted second-degree burglary and menacing. He will serve four years in prison in Colorado, minus about three months that he already has served.

Lesher also was sentenced to two years parole after incarceration.

“I’m sorry that you kind of made a mess out of things for yourself,” O’Hara said during the sentencing. “I hope you take this opportunity to be law abiding when you get out of custody.”

“I agree,” Lesher said.

Amy Hatten can be reache—-d at 824-7031 or ahatten@craigdailypress.com

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