1 sentenced, another pleads not guilty in Grand Lake burglary ring cases | SkyHiNews.com

1 sentenced, another pleads not guilty in Grand Lake burglary ring cases

The six suspects arrested in connection with a string of more than 40 burglaries that occurred in the Grand Lake area in 2017 and 2018. Clockwise from top left: Candice Hewitt, Paul Asbury, Jorge Varella, Adam Pritt, Colin Sabo and Joshua Miles.
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HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — With one defendant already sentenced and another awaiting an upcoming jury trial the ongoing legal action surrounding an alleged Grand Lake burglary ring continues to work through the local courts even as authorities search for two additional defendants who have not appeared at their recent court hearings.

On Jan. 29, Joshua Miles, 25, was sentenced to 18 months in community corrections after previously pleading guilty to one count of felony theft. Miles received 17 days credit for timed previously served. Miles’s sentencing hearing was previously scheduled for Jan. 17 but a bench warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear that day. He was taken into custody on Jan. 18 and has remained in custody since that time.

The court also imposed $514.45 in fines and costs on Miles. Court officials said the District Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case, has 91 days from the time of sentencing to determine a figure for restitution.

Just two days after Miles was sentenced 46-year old defendant Paul Asbury pleaded not guilty to the two separate charges he was facing: possession of burglary tools and felony theft. Asbury’s not guilty plea means the case will now move forward to a jury trial, which is scheduled for July 22.

A bench warrant for the arrest of defendants Candice Hewitt, 33, and Colin Sabo, 46, are currently in effect. Hewitt was previously scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 20 last year. After failing to appear for her arraignment proceedings a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. She was arrested the following day and was subsequently re-released on bond. She was scheduled to appear once again for arraignment proceedings on Jan. 17.

After failing to appear for those proceedings a bench warrant was again issued for her arrest. Court officials confirmed that Hewitt had not been taken into custody as of Feb. 19 and that bond forfeiture action has been taken. Hewitt faces charges of second-degree burglary, felony theft and misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Also failing to appear at his most recent court proceedings was Colin Sabo. Sabo was set to appear in court on Jan. 31 but failed to do so and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Court officials confirmed that as of Feb. 19 Sabo had not been taken into custody by authorities. Additionally the bond Sabo had previously posted was forfeited. Sabo faces charges of second-degree burglary, misdemeanor criminal mischief and multiple counts of both felony and misdemeanor theft.

Defendant Adam Pritt was also set to appear in court on Jan. 31. Pritt initially failed to appear at his court proceedings on that date and a bench warrant was ordered for his arrest. Pritt presented himself to the court later that day though before the bench warrant could be officially entered and as such Pritt was not arrested for failure to appear. His case was continued until Feb. 21 when he is set for arraignment in district court. Pritt is facing one charge of felony theft.

Jorge Varela, 29, last appeared in county court on Feb. 11 for a preliminary demand hearing. His case has been continued until March 4 when the various parties are set to come together for a status conference. Varela is facing charges of second-degree burglary and felony theft.


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