MCHS student has record

Teen accused in bomb plot convicted of explosives possession

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— One of the three Moffat County High School students accused of plotting to blow up the school and the Moffat County Courthouse has a previous conviction for possession of explosives.

Fifteen-year-old Tom Elam is currently on probation for a 2000 conviction on charges of possession of explosives and could have that probation revoked based on the latest charges against him, it was revealed during a hearing Monday at the courthouse.

At the hearing, Judge Joel S. Thompson advised Elam, Stephen Jackman, 17, and Tony Jacob, 16, of the felony charges against them conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and participating in terrorist training activities. Jacob also faces a charge of felony stalking.

It was the first court appearance for the teens following their arrest Dec. 21 in connection with a plot to blow up the school and the courthouse. Police have not provided details of the plot other than to say the youths posed a serious and credible threat to cause significant damage.

Thompson scheduled a plea hearing and a placement hearing for the teens for next Monday. The placement hearing will determine if the teens will be released to the custody of their parents or if they will continue to be held at Grand Mesa Youth Services Center in Grand Junction.

Jacob asked if they would be allowed to provide witnesses to testify "we wouldn't hurt anybody if we were let out." Thompson told Jacob the teens will be allowed to present any witnesses they choose.

Also during the hearing, Assistant Deputy District Attorney Bonnie Roesink indicated she will file a motion to modify the restraining orders filed against the teens by adding names to the lists of people they are prohibited from contacting.

Following the hearing, the youths were returned to the Grand Junction facility, were they will remain until being transported back to Moffat County for the hearings next week.

Norm Townsend will represent Elam. James Grady will represent Jackman, and Kris Hammond will defend Jacob.

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