Men sentenced for drug possession


— Two men were sentenced Thursday in District Court for drug possession.

District Judge Michael O'Hara sentenced Ryan Todd Manewal, 34, of Oak Creek, and Joel Allen Marchington, 21, of Yampa, for possessing controlled Schedule 2 substances and for other charges. The men had made previous plea agreements with the District Attorney's Office.

Manewal pleaded guilty to the unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a Class 4 felony, and to violating bail bond conditions and third-degree assault. He was arrested in June.

O'Hara sentenced Manewal to two years in prison with a mandatory three-year parole on the drug charges because he was rejected from a community corrections program. He will receive a one-day jail credit in that sentence. Manewal also was sentenced to one year in prison on the third-degree assault charge, though he will be allowed to serve that time while serving his other sentence.

Manewal was sentenced to 84 days in Routt County Jail on the bond violation charges, but he received an 84-day credit for time already served.

Marchington pleaded guilty to possessing less than one gram of methamphetamine, a Class 6 felony. As part of the plea agreement, several other charges Marchington was facing, including possession of an illegal weapon and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, were dropped.

O'Hara ordered Marchington to serve 18 months in a community corrections program and ordered that his seized weapons be destroyed.

Marchington also was ord--ered to pay more than $1,000 in fines.

In other court action, a 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man charged with selling cocaine near Soda Creek Elementary School had his case continued for the third time in two months.

Jesus Alvarez Frias is facing felony drug charges after Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team officers allegedly observed Alvarez Frias and his roommate, Cosme Orlando Lopez, 22, selling drugs. They were arrested in June.

In District Court on Thurs--day, Alvarez Frias' attorney, Leslie Goldstein, withdrew from the case, and attorney Heather Turner took over.

Turner asked O'Hara to continue the case to allow her more time to review Alvarez Frias' file. He will appear in court at 3 p.m. Oct. 13.


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