Wednesday, August 3, 2005
An 18-year-old Craig man pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbing a man on the Yampa River Core Trail.
Trever Ray Hyer originally pleaded not guilty but withdrew that plea in exchange for the promise of a lighter sentence. Instead of the possibility of as many as six years in prison and a maximum fine of $500,000 had a jury found him guilty, Hyer will face no more than three years in jail if the judge follows a plea agreement reached with the District Attorney's Office.
Hyer, along with Ellisa Rhiann Simpson, 18, of Craig, and a 17-year-old, are accused of throwing a 25-year-old man to the ground near Howelsen Ice Arena in March and telling him to not move or they would shoot him. The victim said he felt a gun pressed against his head and that the group members took his wallet and broke his cell phone.
Hyer, Simpson and the juvenile were charged with aggravated armed robbery, theft, criminal mischief and committing a violent crime with a weapon.
Also as part of the plea agreement, the misdemeanor charges would be dropped.
Hyer will be sentenced at 3 p.m. Sept. 2.
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