Four admit to house fight


Four people arrested on charges of barging into a Yampa home and provoking a fight appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday.

The three men and a woman allegedly stormed into a home on Second Street and started fighting with four men inside the house about midnight Oct. 24.

Roger Bratton, 35, and his wife, Tonya Bratton, 36, both of Yampa, were charged with first-degree burglary, a felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor.

Assault victim Louis Phillips told police that, "Roger refused to leave, was not invited and didn't knock, just came in and started raising hell," according to court documents.

Phillips also said that Bratton pinned him to the floor until Phillips could convince Bratton that he didn't hit his wife.

Roger Bratton pleaded guilty to the assault charge.

Tonya Bratton pleaded guilty to one assault charge against Jeffrey Houchin, who said she hit him in the face during the incident, according to court documents.

Routt County Judge James Garrecht accepted both pleas, dismissing the first-degree burglary charges for both Brattons as well as a second assault charge against Tonya Bratton.

Sentencing for both will take place at 11 a.m. Dec. 17. Garrecht advised the pair that the charges could result in up to two years in county jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

"I think people are anticipating probation here," he said.

The two other men involved, who originally were charged with first-degree trespassing, a felony, were sentenced for lesser charges Wednesday, as well.

Marvin Charles Laman, 30, of Toponas, and Kenneth Roger Trout, 24, of Yampa, each received one year of unsupervised probation for second-degree trespassing, a misdemeanor.

Each also was ordered to perform 48 hours of public service and to not have contact with the Brattons or with the men inside the house at the time of the incident.

-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

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