Warrants issued after 2 in Grand Lake burglary ring case fail to appear in court
January 22, 2019
Last Thursday was expected to be a significant day in the ongoing legal proceedings surrounding an alleged Grand Lake burglary ring, but a series of issues prevented any formal resolutions in those cases, all of which were ultimately continued.
On Jan. 17, four of the six defendants in the Grand Lake burglary ring case were scheduled to appear in Grand County court. One defendant, 25-year-old Joshua Miles, previously pleaded guilty to a single count of felony theft. Miles was scheduled to appear Thursday morning in court for a sentencing hearing, but, according to the Grand County Court Clerk's Office, Miles failed to appear. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken into custody the following day. He remains in custody as he awaits his rescheduled sentencing hearing on Jan. 28.
Candice Hewitt, 33, was also scheduled to appear Thursday afternoon for her arraignment, but also failed to appear. A bench warrant was issued for her arrest, though, as of Tuesday morning, Jan. 22, Hewitt had not been taken into custody and her warrant remains outstanding.
Two other defendants in the case, 25-year-old Adam Pritt and 44-year-old Colin Sabo, both appeared in court Thursday for their respective arraignment proceedings. The court previously told both defendants they would need to enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty at their Jan. 17 appearances, however both cases were continued until Jan. 31 with neither entering a formal plea.
The court clerk's office indicated that the court signed an order allowing Pritt's attorney to withdraw from the case on Jan. 16 and that his case was continued to allow Pritt time to apply for a public defender.
The cases of the two other defendants connected to the alleged burglary ring, 46-year-old Paul Asbury and 29-year-old Jorge Varela, remain in the court system. Asbury is scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 31 while Varela's next court appearance is set for Feb. 11.