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Lincoln sentencing hearing delayed

Pete FowlerPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Samuel Lincolns sentence hearing for nearly stabbing a man to death with a bayonet and robbing him and his family in 2004 was delayed Friday.Thursday night, a jury convicted Lincoln, 26, of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary, theft and menacing. But his attorney, Kathy Goudy, filed a motion for acquittal or for a new trial just before a 1 p.m. sentence hearing.Sharon Coelho testified at trial that she planned the crime with Lincoln, Lawrence Doty, and a man named AJ after they all used methamphetamine at the Budget Host motel. The stabbing victim, who suffered a punctured lung and spent two weeks in the hospital, had paid for the room to help Coelho out. Coelho said she saw the men leave her room with guns and knives and come back with blood on their clothes.The same case, with Coelho providing the key link between the suspects and the crime, was presented at trial against Doty in January 2007 for his alleged role in the stabbing. Doty was found not guilty of the charges against him.This jury was correct, said District Attorney Martin Beeson. And Lawrence Doty did get away with attempted murder.Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitch said she was very frustrated that she awakened the victims with phone calls around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night to ask them if they wanted to be present for Lincolns sentencing Friday, only to find that Goudy had filed the motion at the last minute delaying it.But Goudy said she wouldnt have had time to file the motion had Lincoln been sentenced Thursday night immediately after the verdict came in. Goudy had asked for immediate sentencing so Lincoln could be on his way back to a Department of Corrections facility, where hell probably be spending a long time.Lincoln was sentenced in January to 222 years in prison for shooting at Mesa County deputies and trying to shoot a man to death in the desert near Grand Junction. Goudy said in an e-mail before Fridays hearing that Lincoln has appealed those two cases.Fitch said Lincoln also faces 20 years more of prison time for an armed robbery and menacing conviction. Lincoln could get 10 to 133 years in prison for his role in the 2004 West Glenwood stabbing, she said.Fitch said Doty is currently in a community corrections program for a felony Mesa County case.Obviously we had a different jury, and different jurors look at cases differently, Fitch said.She added she honed her arguments and presentation of the case since Dotys trial.Goudys motion says the two experts she called testified at length about the inadequacy of the police investigation. The document also says a Glenwood Springs police detective testified about information that was never provided to the defense or the two experts. Goudy argued it made the experts look incorrect on key issues, effectively denying Lincoln his right to adequately prepare a full defense.The already sparse and weak case of the people was impermissibly bolstered by the evisceration of the defendants expert witnesses through presentation of information which should have been provided years earlier in discovery, the motion states.She also argued that acquittal would be appropriate so that Doty and Lincoln receive the same verdict, adding that evidence of Dotys not guilty verdict from the same case was not allowed at trial.Lincoln said he would not be interviewed by probation for a pre-sentence investigation.Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO


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