1 defendant pleads guilty in Grand Lake burglary ring case
5 additional defendants continue through court process
Grand Lake’s long simmer burglary ring case continues to progress through the court system in Grand County with one defendant pleading guilty in late November.
On Nov. 29, 25-year old Joshua Miles pleaded guilty to a single count of felony theft, a class six felony. Miles is scheduled to appear back in court on Jan. 17 at 11:15 a.m. for a sentencing hearing. The felony theft charge to which Miles pleaded guilty was the only criminal charge he faced in relation to a string of burglaries that occurred in the Grand Lake area in late 2017 and early 2018. All five of the other defendants who have been charged with crimes in relation to the burglary ring continue to progress through the local courts.
Candice Hewitt, 33, last appeared in court on Dec. 4 for an arraignment. Those proceedings were continued until Dec. 20. On Dec. 20 Hewitt was scheduled to appear in district court at 1:15 p.m. According to officials from the court clerk’s office Hewitt failed to appear and the judge issued a warrant for her arrest. Law enforcement officers made contact with Hewitt later that day and took her into custody for failure to appear. Hewitt is facing charges of second-degree burglary, felony theft and misdemeanor criminal mischief in relation to the case.
Also missing his most recent court appearance on Dec. 20 was 25-year old Adam Pritt. Pritt was scheduled to appear at 10 a.m. Thursday morning but a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear. The warrant was stayed until 4:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Pritt did present himself at the courthouse after 2 p.m. on Thursday negating his arrest warrant for failure to appear.
During Thursday afternoon’s proceedings for Pritt his private counsel filed a motion to withdraw from the case. According to court officials the judge in Pritt’s case informed Pritt that he would need to enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty at his next scheduled appearance on Jan. 17. Pritt faces one charge of felony theft.
The judge also informed defendant Colin Sabo, 44, that he would need to enter a plea, either guilty or not guilty, at his next scheduled court appearance on Jan. 17. Sabo appeared last Thursday before District Court Judge Mary Hoak for an arraignment proceeding that was continued until mid-January. Sabo’s most recent appearance prior to Dec. 20 was for an arraignment in late November. Those proceedings were also continued. Sabo faces charges of second-degree burglary, misdemeanor criminal mischief and multiple counts of felony and misdemeanor theft.
Defendant Jorge Varela, 29, is scheduled to appear in court next on Jan. 7 for a preliminary demand hearing. Varela, who faces charges of second-degree burglary and felony theft, was most recently in court on Dec. 3 for arraignment proceedings that were continued. Varela’s case remains in Grand County Court.
Paul Asbury, 46, was most recently in court on Nov. 19 for arraignment proceedings in county court. His case was bound over to district court and an arraignment has been scheduled for Jan. 31. Asbury faces charges of possession of burglary tools and felony theft.
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