Bond lowered for man in arson case

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A man charged with two counts of fourth-degree arson remained in jail Wednesday, even though a judge reduced his bond.

Judge James Garrecht lowered the bond for Jeffery Kyle Rigdon, a 34-year-old Breckenridge man, from $5,000 to $1,000. Rigdon said he could make that bond, but he was still in custody Wednesday night, jail officials said.

Garrecht scheduled a status hearing for Oct. 8.

Public Defender Gale Morrison said all of Rigdon's family, his ex-wife and children live in Montrose and he wanted to be released from jail so he could go back to work to take care of his children and make his child support payments.

If he stayed in custody, Morrison said, he might be in jail for more time than what the charges bring. She also said this was Rigdon's first felony offense.

But Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James said Rigdon has had five other encounters with the law and failed to appear in court each time.

On Sept. 3, Rigdon was arrested on suspicion of starting a fire that destroyed a trailer home and two vehicles along Routt County Road 14E.

Routt County Sheriff's Office investigators said the fire started when Rigdon dumped camping fuel over hot coals in a stove in the home. The man renting the singlewide trailer and a woman were in the house when the fire started. All three were able to escape.

Rigdon, who was visiting the renter, suffered second-degree burns on his forearm and third-degree burns on his ankle.

In a previous court appearance, Rigdon said the fire was an accident.

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