Alleged arsonist’s arraignment continued
No plea – yet. Alleged Rifle arsonist Robin Jay Clifton, 46, appeared in District Court Thursday for an arraignment in two cases, but both were continued until August. Clifton’s attorney, Arnold Mordkin, told Senior Judge Joseph Quinn that he and the District Attorney’s office haven’t had enough time to “discuss matters,” and requested Quinn continue the case. Assistant District Attorney Jeff Cheney said his office needs more time to process thousands of pages of discovery in the cases. Clifton was to be arraigned in a case involving charges of motor vehicle theft, theft and indecent exposure, and in a second case involving charges of arson, criminal mischief, burglary, tampering with evidence and violation of his bail bond. He is also charged with three counts of being a habitual criminal. He is accused of setting four fires in Rifle during the early morning hours of Labor Day 2005, which destroyed two businesses and did minor damage to two others.He is being held in Mesa County in a Clifton-area menacing case. In that case Clifton, who bonded out of the Garfield County Jail in May, was allegedly involved in a June 12 incident with his wife, Robin Pearl Clifton, who allegedly pointed a gun at a mother and her young son in an alley behind the City Market grocery store on 32 Road in Clifton. Both Cliftons were arrested and charged with felony menacing and child abuse.Robin Jay Clifton his scheduled to reappear in 9th Judicial District Court on Aug. 18 at 8:15 a.m.
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