Mitts has potential for bond reduction


The bond of a woman charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and being part of an identity theft scam will be lowered if she agrees to go into a drug-treatment facility.

In District Court on Monday, Judge Paul McLimans said he would reduce the jail bond of Bryanna Mitts, 19, from $50,000 to a personal recognizance bond while she is in a drug treatment facility.

Mitts' attorney, Larry Combs, said efforts are under way to get the woman into a treatment facility for her addiction to methamphetamine. McLimans said Mitts' reduction in bond only would be good for when she was in the facility and that when her treatment was done, there would be another hearing on a permanent bond reduction.

Before reducing the bond, McLimans said he wanted to know the details of the treatment program. Mitts' case was continued to May 11.

Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James objected to a bond reduction and indicated that Mitts is a flight risk.

Mitts was arrested March 27 with Jamison Fjoser, 30, in what St. James said was part of a mobile meth lab.

Mitts was riding in a car that was pulled over by Steamboat Springs police.

Inside the vehicle, police reportedly found 11 grams of crystal meth, two syringes full of liquid meth and leftover chemicals typically used in making meth. Police also said they found dozens of ATM cards, signed checks, birth certificates and receipts from other people's credit cards.

Police also confiscated a laptop, scanner and lamination equipment that could be used to make fake identification documents.

"All of this information suggests a flight risk or maybe a sophisticated identity theft operation," St. James said.

But Combs argued that his client was struggling with an addiction to meth. He said a year ago she was the vice president of her high school senior class, was a cheerleader and graduated with a 3.9 grade point average.

She has no previous criminal history.

Mitts was arrested on suspicion of the possession of more than a gram of a Schedule 2 substance, the possession of a Schedule 2 substance with intent to distribute, the manufacturing of a Schedule 2 substance, the unlawful use of a Schedule 2 substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a forgery device, unlawful possession of personal ID documents and forgery.


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