Felony cases continued

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All the major felony cases in Routt County Court on Wednesday were continued until later this month or April.

The attorney of the 20-year-old man charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest said his client needed time to think about an offer the District Attorney's Office made Wednesday in court.

At about 2:30 a.m. Feb. 19, Todd James Edwards was arrested after allegedly getting into a fight with a man who he thought stole his sweatshirt. The fight allegedly occurred in the rear parking lot of a bar in Ski Time Square. The victim had numerous cuts and lost a tooth in the fight, according to court documents.

Edwards was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

Deputy District Attorney Tammy Harrell said she had not talked to the victim about continuing the case, but she thought he would not object to it. Routt County Judge James Garrecht continued the case until April 6.

Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James asked for more time in the case of Jose Quinones in hopes of coming to a plea agreement before taking the case to a preliminary hearing.

St. James said Quinones' Denver attorney had spoke about legal concerns with the case.

Quinones was arrested Feb. 11 after a Steamboat Springs police officer pulled him over for traveling too slowly on U.S. Highway 40. The man was traveling 25 to 30 mph in an area posted at 40 mph, according to court records. After pulling the man over, police found a glass pipe with a white powdery substance later identified as methamphetamine, the remains of a marijuana joint and a semi-automatic gun, according to court records.

Quinones was arrested on suspicion of possession of a Schedule 2 substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Garrecht postponed the case until April 12 and noted that there were many reasons to continue it.

The case for a 24-year-old Steamboat Springs man arrested on suspicion of possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor also was continued.

Tomas Prieto-Becrra, 24, of Steamboat Springs, appeared in court Wednesday and had his case set to Tuesday to allow time for more discovery.

Prieto-Becrra was arrested March 3 after the Colorado State Patrol reported finding two bags of methamphetamine, one with 3.56 grams and another with 0.95 grams in a vehicle during a routine traffic stop. According to court reports, Prieto-Becrra was sitting in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, which was being driven by a minor.

The cases for the Mejia Perez brothers also were continued. Jose and Jaime Mejia Perez were arrested March 1 on suspicion of sale and distribution of cocaine. Jose Mejia Perez's attorney, Erick Knaus, said that more time was needed for discovery, and they have yet to receive reports from the Drug Enforcement Agency's San Francisco office. Garrecht continued their cases to April 6.

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