Suspect pleads not guilty

Steamboat man in meth, robbery case faces trial

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— A Steamboat Springs man accused of false reporting and possessing methamphetamine and a weapon by a previous offender pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignment Thursday.

Thomas Edward Payne, 38, appeared in Routt County District Court on Thursday.

Payne's two-day trial is scheduled to begin at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 13.

Payne was arrested in February after he called Steamboat police to report being robbed of $700 by five people from Craig who had come to his Steamboat Springs mobile home reportedly to purchase meth.

After catching the five people from Craig in Hayden, police found that the alleged robbers had not stolen $700 from Payne, but had stolen 10 grams of methamphetamine from the man's home.

Apollo Clark, 19, and David Kim Johnston, 30, were arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery, felony menacing and possession of meth. Clark recently pleaded guilty to the charges as part of a plea agreement reached with the District Attorney's Office. In exchange for the plea, Deputy District Attorney Tammy Jenson will dismiss the other charges Clark was facing.

Johnston pleaded not guilty to the charges he was facing and will face trial Dec. 7.

The three other Craig people arrested in February are no longer facing charges because the DA's Office has dismissed them.

In other court action

A Hayden man was sentenced Thursday to 90 days in jail and four years of probation for felony menacing.

Michael Jack Mosbey, 33, was arrested in February on suspicion of felony menacing, third-degree assault, child abuse, prohibited use of a weapon, failure to leave the premises by request of a peace officer and obstruction of phone service.

Police were called to Mosbey's Hayden home to respond to a report of domestic violence, and the argument between Mosbey and his wife quickly escalated into a three-hour standoff with police.

Court records indicate that Mosbey reached a plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office to plead guilty to the felony menacing charge, a Class 5 felony, in exchange for the other charges he was facing being dismissed.

Mosbey did not receive any credit for time he already served in jail, and he was assessed court fines and costs.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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