Three men offer guilty pleas in unrelated cases


— Johnell Taylor, Paul Ornelas and Raymond Foremski all pleaded guilty in court Wednesday to charges in unrelated incidents.
Taylor, 19, who was arrested Sept. 6 for driving a stolen vehicle, pleaded guilty to theft receiving, a class two misdemeanor.
Ornelas, 32, who was arrested Sept. 25 after a fight at a local hotel, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault.
Foremski, 62, who was arrested Oct. 17 after discharging a handgun into the ground, pleaded guilty to reckless endangering safety, a class three misdemeanor.
Due to the guilty plea, Foremski was placed on a year of probation and fined $750. Foremski discharged his .357 handgun in the direction of another hunter at a campsite on Routt County Road 56.
The Golden man was in Routt County hunting and got into a fight with another hunter when the incident occurred. The two men argued because the hunter wanted to leave the campsite earlier than they had planned.
Foremski pointed the gun at the hunter and discharged the handgun. The bullet struck the ground near the hunter's feet. Initially, Foremski was charged with menacing, a class five felony, and reckless endangering safety.
He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge when a plea agreement was worked out between his attorney, Norm Townsend, and Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann.
Because of the guilty plea, Foremski is prohibited from possessing a handgun for one year. He was released from the Routt County Jail Wednesday afternoon for time served. He served seven days in jail.
Taylor also was released from the Routt County Jail Wednesday afternoon after spending 48 days behind bars.
The Denver man was charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle after he was pulled over in a stolen 1997 Acura. The car had been stolen out of Denver.
A Colorado State Trooper stopped the car for speeding.
He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor after Townsend and Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James reached a plea agreement.
As a result of the plea, Taylor must pay $955 in restitution and was placed on one year of probation.
As a result of Ornelas' plea, he will be released from the Routt County Jail to the Colorado Department of Corrections. The Fort Collins man was on three years of parole when he got into a fight outside of the Holiday Inn.

To reach Gary E. Salazar call 871-4205 or e-mail


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