Man pleads guilty to growing marijuana

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— A Steamboat Springs man pleaded guilty Wednesday in district court to growing marijuana.

Grey Edward Schumacher, 26, pleaded guilty to marijuana cultivation, a Class 4 felony, and marijuana possession as part of a plea agreement reached earlier this month with District Attorney Kerry St. James.

Schumacher will receive a four-year deferred judgment, which means that if he complies with the terms of his probation, his record will be cleared. However, if Schumacher violates probation, he could face six years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

As part of the plea agreement, Schumacher most likely will receive a 90-day jail sentence and four years of supervised probation. He could be ordered to complete a drug treatment program and pay additional fines during his sentencing.

Schumacher was arrested in July after Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforce--ment Team officers searched Schumacher's home because officers had been monitoring his roommate, who was arrested on suspicion of selling cocaine.

The roommate, Michael Sherrod Saunders, 25, was arrested in July on drug distribution charges. Saunders is being held on a $250,000 bond in Routt County Jail. He will have a preliminary hearing Oct. 4.

Saunders' attorney, public defender Trevor McFee, has said it is unfair for his client to be held on such a high bond when Schumacher was freed on a $5,000 bond.

During earlier court proceedings, St. James said Schumacher's case was not comparable to Saunders' because of the different charges and circumstances. Schumacher will be sentenced at 10 a.m. Oct. 24.

In other court action

The attorneys in a case involving a Clark man suspected of violating bond conditions agreed in Routt County Court on Wednesday to determine a different way for a witness to identify the suspect based on his tattoos. Dan Robbins, 31, of Clark, could be charged with violating bond conditions because someone reportedly saw him driving a motorcycle in July. At the time of the alleged incident, Robbins was not allowed to operate a motor vehicle per bond conditions from a separate case involving charges of manslaughter, careless driving and vehicular homicide. That case involves a July accident in which Robbins was the driver in an accident that killed his passenger.

In Routt County Court on Wednesday, Deputy District Attorney Marc Guerette asked District Judge Paul McLimans to consider allowing him to file a late motion that would require photos of Robbins' tattoos be shown to the witness who allegedly saw Robbins driving a motorcycle. Robbins' attorney, Charles Feldmann, objected to the witness being shown photos of the tattoos because he wants the witness to describe exactly what he or she saw. Feldmann said that if the witness had seen a photo of Robbins' tattoos, he or she might just describe the images from the photo. McLimans decided that instead of a photo being shown to the witness, Feldmann and Guerette need to figure out another way for Robbins to display his tattoos. Both attorneys supported the decision. Guerette said he does not know whether he will pursue charges in the case but that he will make that decision by next week.

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