Bond reduced for suspect in downtown Steamboat Springs burglaries
May 25, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Bond was reduced Wednesday for the 18-year-old accused of breaking into several downtown Steamboat Springs businesses May 4 with his 14-year-old brother.
The Routtt County District Attorney's Office has filed 14 charges against William Clive Ellifritz. The most serious charges are five counts of burglary, which is a Class 4 felony.
Ellifritz was arrested May 15 and had been in custody on a $30,000 bond.
His attorney, Routt County Public Defender Sheryl Uhlmann, argued that Ellifritz's bond should be lowered to better reflect the charges.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Rusty Prindle disagreed.
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"I am concerned about his possibility of re-offending if he is out on bond," Prindle said. "I believe he is a threat to the public and also a threat to himself."
Routt County Judge James Garrecht lowered the bond to $10,000, as recommended by statute. Ellifritz said he did not expect to make bond.