Grand Lake burglary ring suspects move through court system
A group of six individuals facing felony charges related to a string of burglaries in the Grand Lake area have been working their way through the court system in Grand County over the past month.
In late August a group of six individuals were arrested in relation to a string of burglaries that occurred in the Grand Lake area over the preceding year. Those six individuals, Candice Hewitt, Paul Asbury, Jorge Varella, Adam Pritt, Colin Sabo and Joshua Miles, have all been charged with various criminal acts ranging from felony theft to burglary to possession of burglary tools.
Arrest warrants for the six individuals were issued on Aug. 20 and by Aug. 28 all six had been taken into custody. All six have since been released from Grand County Jail on varying bond requirements. All six of the individuals received their initial advisement on their charges shortly after their arrests.
Candice Hewitt, 33, was the first suspect to return for additional court proceedings. Hewitt appeared in Grand County Court on Aug. 28 for an arraignment. Those proceedings were continued until Oct. 2 when she is scheduled to reappear for arraignment at 10 a.m. Hewitt is facing charges of second-degree burglary, felony theft and a recently added charge of misdemeanor criminal mischief.
Paul Asbury, 46, received his initial advisement on the charges he is facing on Aug. 21. He was previously scheduled for an arraignment proceeding on Sept. 4 and Sept. 18, both of which were continued. His case was once again scheduled for an arraignment on Oct. 1 but those proceedings were vacated as the court works to provide Asbury with a court appointed counselor. His case has been continued until Oct. 22 when he is scheduled to reappear at 11 a.m. Asbury faces charges of possession of burglary tools and felony theft.
Jorge Varella, 29, faces charges of second-degree burglary and felony theft. He was received his initial advisement on the charges he faces on Aug. 22. On Sept. 4 Varella appeared in court for an arraignment and return filing of charges proceeding. Varella was again scheduled for an arraignment and return filing of charges proceeding on Sept. 17. Those proceedings were canceled after Varella was arrested on unrelated charges on Sept. 17.
He appeared in court for an arraignment and return filing of charges on Sept. 18. After his arraignment proceedings in mid-Sept. Varella was then scheduled for a preliminary demand hearing on Oct. 1. According to officials from the Grand County Court Clerk’s Office defendants have a right to demand a preliminary demand hearing at which time law enforcement must show probable cause to accuse and try the defendant in question.
A defendant can waive a preliminary demand hearing, which is an acknowledgement that there is probable cause. If a defendant does waive a preliminary demand hearing the case in question is immediately bound over to district court. Preliminary demand hearings can also be continued to future dates to allow for discussions between the defendant and prosecutors or to allow for the development of a plea agreement.
The results of Varella’s Monday afternoon preliminary demand hearing were not immediately available.
Adam Pritt, 25, was charged with felony theft after his arrest on Aug. 28. He received his initial advisement on the charges he is facing on Aug. 29. His first scheduled court appearance is Oct. 15 for an arraignment and return filing of charges.
Colin Sabo, 44, was initially arrested on Aug. 22 and charged with second-degree burglary, misdemeanor criminal mischief and multiple counts of felony and misdemeanor theft. Sabo was initially advised on the charges he is facing on Sept. 4. He was scheduled for an appearance in court on Oct. 1 for an arraignment. The results of Sabo’s Monday morning court proceedings were not immediately available.
Joshua Miles, 25, has been charged with felony theft. He was initially arrested on Aug. 28 and received his initial advisement on charges on Aug. 29. He initially appeared in court on Sept. 5 for a preliminary demand hearing but the proceedings were continued because Miles did not have legal counsel at the time. His case was rescheduled for Oct. 1 for a preliminary demand hearing. The results of Monday morning’s proceedings for Miles were not immediately available.
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