Already serving 222 years, former Palisade man facing murder charge
Grand Junction Correspondent
Already facing more than two centuries in prison, prosecutors in Glenwood Springs today are expected to bring Sam Lincoln to trial on charges dating back to 2004.
Lincoln, 26, formerly of Palisade, is scheduled for trial over five days starting today.
“Obviously, we have different victims here who have a right to their day in court,” Glenwood Springs Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch said in a January interview.
“Unfortunately, they’ll probably never get to see any restitution.”
Lincoln is accused of donning a mask and gloves in November 2004 before he entered a West Glenwood Springs mobile home and nearly stabbed a man to death with a bayonet.
His charges include attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and aggravated robbery.
Lawrence Doty, originally charged as coconspirator with Lincoln, was acquitted on all charges at trial last year.
The case trailed Lincoln’s high-profile attempted murder cases in Mesa County from 2005. A judge in January sentenced Lincoln to 222 years in prison following convictions on attempted murder charges in separate trials in December and January.
While Lincoln looks to be incarcerated for his remaining days, Fitch said things may change.
“He still has a right to appeal, although I don’t know his (Mesa County) cases and don’t know whether he has valid arguments for appeal,” Fitch said.
Kathy Goudy, a Carbondale attorney who represented Lincoln during his first Mesa County trial in December, is again standing with Lincoln.
“The only plea I’m authorized to accept is dismissal of charges,” Goudy said Friday.
Reach Paul Shockley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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