Thompson to have busy day in court


— Mario Lintz's arraignment is one of many high-profile cases that will be addressed today by 14th Judicial District Judge Joel S. Thompson.

Thompson also will sentence an Oak Creek man who crashed into a home and a Steamboat Springs man who set a mobile home on fire.

He also will preside over two cases that involve motor vehicle thefts by Michael Thomas Pope and Robin Lynn Darbyshire.

Just before 9 a.m., Thompson will sentence 21-year-old Brandon Michael Haire for providing false information to a pawnbroker and driving under the influence. In January, Haire pleaded guilty to the drunken-driving charge for wrecking a vehicle into a home in Stagecoach the evening of Aug. 28.

Because Haire had a blood-alcohol content that was higher than 0.2 percent, he faces a minimum sentence of 10 days in the Routt County Jail.

The maximum jail sentence Haire could receive is one year in jail, a fine of $1,500 and 120 hours of useful public service.

He also pleaded guilty to the false information charge, a felony, for selling a rifle to a Steamboat Springs pawnshop Aug. 24. The rifle belonged to an acquaintance of Haire's.

For this charge, he could be sentenced to a minimum of six months in prison and a maximum of six years.

Haire also faces a fine of $1,000 to $100,000. If Haire is sentenced to prison, he would be placed on two years of parole.

Just before 11 a.m., Cameron David Billingsley will be sentenced for his guilty pleas to first-degree criminal trespass, a class five felony, and second-degree arson, a class two misdemeanor.

In January, Billingsley entered the guilty pleas for the Nov. 3 fire that destroyed an empty mobile home at Dream Island Plaza.

When Billingsley was arrested Nov. 12 at his Dream Island residence, he told authorities he torched the mobile home by using paper and a cigarette lighter because he was "intoxicated, bored and mad he had to work on Halloween."

Billingsley is to receive a deferred judgment for the felony, which means if he stays out of trouble with the law for two years, the charge will be dismissed.

The deferred judgment does not include the arson charge, which is punishable by three to 12 months in the Routt County Jail and a $1,000 fine.

He also has to pay restitution for the trailer, which the owner claims could have sold for $3,500.

Pope and Darbyshire are scheduled to enter pleas to their cases that involve motor vehicle thefts this afternoon.

Pope, 32, is charged with stealing two Jeep Cherokees last summer within a nine-day period. He allegedly stole Cherokees in the early morning hours of July 10 and July 19.

Both times Pope was allegedly intoxicated and attempted to elude authorities.

For the first incident, Pope faces charges of motor vehicle theft, first-degree criminal trespass, theft, eluding, reckless driving, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, driving with an expired license, disregarding a stop sign and speeding.

For the second incident, Pope has been charged with motor vehicle theft, first-degree criminal trespass, vehicular eluding, driving under the influence, violation of a restraining order and driving without a license.

At 2:30 p.m., Pope will enter pleas to the charges.

Since July, Pope has been held in the Routt County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Darbyshire of Amarillo, Texas, has been in the county jail since her arrest last May.

The 41-year-old woman, who is also wanted in Texas and New Mexico, allegedly stole a 1986 Chevrolet Blazer from a Steamboat Springs resident after posing as an auto broker.

She faces charges of first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, forgery and criminal impersonation. A plea hearing has been scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

Court records show the woman has an extensive criminal record and has spent time in multiple correctional facilities. Prior convictions include theft and fraud.


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