Outlaw to be sentenced Tuesday
December 14, 2003
Now, however, they’re changing their minds following the discovery the former Avon resident faces drug trafficking charges in Oklahoma.
Outlaw, 30, who pleaded guilty to stealing $700,000 in condo fees from about 400 homeowners in Eagle County, faces sentencing in the case Tuesday in an Eagle courtroom.
“Giving what is going on in Oklahoma, they’re saying, “Go ahead with the deal,'” said District Attorney Mark Hurlbert. Although homeowners had been pushing for something closer to full restitution and real prison time,
Eagle County District Judge Tom Moorhead moved forward with a plea agreement offered by Hurlbert that includes restitution of $112,000 and no jail time. The conditions of the plea didn’t include prison because this was apparently Outlaw’s first felony offense.
When he offered the plea, Hurlbert, however, was unaware of the drug charges filed against Outlaw in August in Oklahoma. Outlaw faces two counts of trafficking in illegal drugs. He is accused of trafficking cocaine and ecstasy – 500 MDMA tablets, according to court records filed in Tulsa, Okla.
According to court records, Outlaw’s trafficking offense happened on June 26 in Tulsa County. That was months before he pleaded guilty to stealing from several homeowners associations in Eagle County.
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If the victims ask him to, Hurlbert said he could rescind the plea offered in October because of the drug charges. Then the $110,000 would be returned to Outlaw and a trial would be scheduled.
“If (Outlaw) defaults on the restitution payments, I will recommend that he is re-sentenced in Colorado,” Hurlbert said. “If that happens, it would be up to the judge to send him to prison or not. (Outlaw) could end up getting consecutive or concurrent sentences.”
If he defaults on the restitution payments Outlaw could get from four to 12 years in prison.
Jeff Antonius, a victim and homeowner at Vail Point, said all associations want to see Outlaw sent to jail for a long time.
“But we’re also being realistic. Vail Point will accept the plea because $110,000 is better than nothing and we’re confident he’ll got get real prison time in Oklahoma,” Antonius said. “The man shouldn’t be free. We’re also asking the judge to get firm with the restitution pay schedule.”
Outlaw was scheduled to appear in district court in Tulsa County for a preliminary hearing last Thursday, but the hearing was continued to January, said Jared Sigler, an assistant district attorney in Tulsa County.
Sigler said he couldn’t comment on the facts of the case because they aren’t public records.
Vail Valley residents, like Antonius, are keeping their eyes on the Oklahoma case.
“There is some risk if he gets free in Oklahoma,” Antonius said. “The guy will only get 90 days in jail unless the judge can do something contingent. It’s all a question of what kind of slam dunk case they have in Oklahoma.”
For Jan Myrick, a Vail Point Townhome Association board member, the money is secondary.
“We do not want to run the risk of Outlaw “getting off’ or receiving some reduced sentence in Tulsa,” Myrick wrote to Hurlbert. “(Outlaw’s attorney) offered us $110,000 knowing the pending drug charges. He does nothing altruistic nor without a calculated motive!”
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