Steamboat Springs Two of the four men accused of causing significant damage to a rented Steamboat Springs home during an alleged demolition party agreed to tentative plea agreements Thursday.
Raymond Jay, 22, of Arizona, and Samuel Walsh, 21, of Fort Collins, pled guilty Thursday in Routt County Court to criminal mischief, a Class 2 misdemeanor. Felony charges were dismissed.
Police estimated the men caused more than $15,000 of damage to a home on Walton Creek Road in April by breaking windows, doors and appliances, and destroying carpet, walls and fixtures.
Jay and Walsh agreed to a tentative sentence of four years of supervised probation. Each will be ordered to pay $6,500 in restitution and complete 240 hours of community service. Attorney Larry Combs represented the pair.
The sentence is not final because District Judge Michael O'Hara requested a report and investigation by the probation department to determine whether he should accept the plea and if any additional terms and conditions of probation should be added.
"I don't think I have to tell you that this is awfully favorable to you both, given the charges that will be dismissed," O'Hara told the men.
If convicted on the felony criminal mischief charges, the defendants would have faced up to 12 years in prison and $750,000 in fines, in addition to an unknown amount of restitution.
The terms of the plea agreement were decided at a previous restorative justice hearing, which included a representative of the owner of the damaged property, Deputy District Attorney Andrew Heyl said.
If Jay or Walsh violate their supervised probation, they will face up to one year in jail on the misdemeanor charge. Because Jay lives out of state, he may be required to return to Colorado for the duration of his probation term, as Arizona can refuse to supervise him.
A third defendant, Michael Gatrell, 21, of Ohio, was in court Thursday, but his public defender, Trevor McFee, requested more time to speak with his client about the plea agreement. Gatrell is due back in court at 1 p.m. Nov. 29.
The final defendant is assigned to a different judge. Philip Hafner, 21, of Oregon is due in court for a pretrial conference Jan. 17. It is likely his case will not proceed to trial because he too is negotiating a plea agreement, Heyl said.
Jay and Walsh are due in court for final sentencing at 1 p.m. Feb. 1.
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