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Once on the lam, two more defendants in Grand Lake burglary ring plead guilty

By Amy Golden
agolden@skyhinews.com
Candace Hewitt, left, and Colin Sabo
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Two people involved in a string of Grand Lake burglaries last year entered plea deals Thursday at the Grand County Courthouse.

Colin Sabo, 44, and Candice Hewitt, 33, pleaded guilty to certain counts related to both the Grand Lake burglary ring and their failure to appear in court for scheduled appearances in January.

Sabo pleaded guilty to felony aggravated theft with a prison sentence capped at seven years. He faces 90 days up to seven years and must pay restitution up to $5,000. Sabo also admitted to failing to report to probation. His sentencing will be Dec. 5.

Meanwhile, Hewitt pleaded guilty to felony theft agreeing to two years in prison. She also admitted to failure to report to probation. Her sentencing hearing is set for Nov. 7.

Prosecutors said in court that Sabo’s sentence was more severe than Hewitt’s because of his deeper level of culpability and knowledge of the crimes.

The plea deals resolve the cases against five of the six people charged in connection with the burglary ring.

The six suspects arrested in connection with a string of more than 40 burglaries that occurred in the Grand Lake area in 2017. Clockwise from top left: Candice Hewitt, Paul Asbury, Jorge Varella, Adam Pritt, Colin Sabo and Joshua Miles.

The two were initially arrested along with four other people in August 2018 and charged with crimes related to a burglary ring that operated in Grand Lake from late 2017 to early 2018.

Hewitt failed to appear in Grand County Court on Jan. 17 for an arraignment. Sabo failed to appear at his court proceedings Jan. 31, and warrants were put out for their arrests.

Denver police apprehended the pair in June.

The pleas have been tentatively accepted and will be confirmed at the sentencing hearings.

The others arrested in connection with the burglaries include Paul Asbury, 47, who pleaded guilty to 12 misdemeanor counts of theft in May; Joushua Miles, 25, who pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft in November 2018; Adam Pritt, 25, who pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft in February; and Jorge Varela, 29, whose case is still pending.

Varela has a date in court later this month.

Editor’s note: this story has been corrected to reflect Colin Sabo agreed to a capped seven year prison sentence in his plea deal and that Hewitt’s sentence will be two years.


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