Outlaw indicted for drug trafficking
Brandon Outlaw, the former Avon resident accused of embezzling hundreds of locals out of their condo fees, has been indicted by an Oklahoma federal Grand Jury on drug trafficking charges.
Previous to the indictment, Outlaw, 31, already faced theft charges in Eagle County for allegedly embezzling more than $700,000 from 400 people. He faced a drug trafficking investigation in Oklahoma for allegedly selling 13 ounces of cocaine and 500 tablets of ecstasy, according to court records in Tulsa, Okla.
“Between all cases, he is looking at serving a long time,” Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said. “The federal government only indicts people when they absolutely know they have a case.”
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If convicted on all three counts of the federal charges, Outlaw, who now lives in Oklahoma, could spend up to 60 years in prison, Hurlbert said. Outlaw, already a convicted felon for sexual battery, faces a trial in federal court on May 17.
In Eagle County, Outlaw’s eight-day-long May trial was continued to Aug. 2 because the dates overlapped with the federal case. At a pretrial hearing Friday at the Eagle County Justice Center, Outlaw waived his right to a speedy trial.
But Hurlbert said that depending on the outcome of the trial in Oklahoma, Outlaw might not be tried in Eagle County.
“I’ll see what I do after the feds try him and I speak with the victims,” Hurlbert said.
In February, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oklahoma charged Outlaw following his arrest for allegedly transporting drugs from state to state, Hurlbert said. As in the other two cases, Outlaw is out on bond.
“We still want him tried in Colorado for what he did to us,” said Jeff Antonius, a resident of Vail Point townhomes and one of Outlaw’s alleged victims. “Even if he is convicted by the feds, I don’t want Hurlbert to drop the charges. My recommendation is we keep it up.”
Because of the multiplicity of his alleged crimes, Antonius said Outlaw should no longer be free on bail.
“There is enough cumulative evidence against him. Mr. Outlaw should be behind bars now,” he said. “Instead, he is enjoying life as if nothing has happened.”
In Eagle County, Outlaw faces two counts of theft, one count of unauthorized use of a financial transaction device and one count of forgery – all felonies. If convicted, he faces four to 12 years in prison for each count. Outlaw is also charged with misdemeanor sexual offense for not registering in Eagle County as a convicted sexual offender.
In December, District Judge Tom Moorhead rejected a plea bargain that included no prison time. Hurlbert argued for $112,000 in restitution and up to 90 days in the county jail. A probation officer, however, recommended sending Outlaw to state prison for six years and Moorhead said Hurlbert’s sentence concession, even though it included restitution, didn’t do justice.
“We don’t care about the money anymore,” Antonius said. “The money isn’t the issue. It is the law and saying, ‘Don’t come to Vail and steal.'”
Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.