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.
"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.
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