Suspect in 2004 stabbing formally charged
Samuel Lincoln has been formally charged with nine counts in connection with a stabbing and robbery case a year ago in Glenwood Springs.Lincoln, also accused of shootings in Mesa County, is being charged with second-degree attempted murder in the stabbing of Federico Garcia-Hernandez on Nov. 30, 2004.During a brief court appearance Wednesday in Glenwood Springs, Lincoln waived his rights to an advisement of his rights, the charges against him, and the penalties they would carry.Magistrate Lain Leoniak also granted his request to be represented by the Public Defender’s Office. Public defender Jamie Roth appeared with Lincoln in court Wednesday.Lincoln was the subject of a manhunt in Mesa County earlier this month. He was arrested Dec. 11 as he tried to walk out the back of the Budget Host motel in West Glenwood, not far from the Fireside Trailer Court, where last year’s stabbing occurred. Police fired several nonlethal, bean-bag-type projectiles in apprehending Lincoln, who was armed with guns but didn’t fire back.He also faces charges in Mesa County in connection with the Nov. 23 shooting of a man who survived six bullet wounds. In addition, he is accused of having fired three shots at a sheriff deputy’s patrol vehicle during a chase by police on Dec. 1 in Grand Junction.Lincoln is being held in lieu of $250,000 bond in Garfield County Jail. He wore bright orange prison garb Wednesday, unlike the dark and light stripes of fellow jail inmates in court with him, because he is being held in the jail’s maximum-security section.Other than conferring privately with Roth, Lincoln said little in court. He did indicate that he understood when Leoniak told him a restraining order barring contact against the victims in the 2004 incident remained in place at least through his next court appearance. It is scheduled for Jan. 19.Lincoln is accused of breaking into a trailer last year with two other men. Garcia-Hernandez was repeatedly stabbed and cut, and the assailants held him and four other men at gunpoint and knifepoint while taking some $1,700 in jewelry, cash and other items.Arrest warrants issued in October also named Lawrence Dale Doty, 25, of Grand Junction, as a suspect in the case. He already was in Mesa County Jail on unrelated charges.Police have yet to identify a third suspect in the case.If convicted of the Garfield County charges alone, Lincoln could spend several decades, if not all of his life, in prison. Besides the attempted murder charge, the other most serious ones he faces are aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary and first-degree assault. Each carries a sentencing range of 10 to 32 years in state prison, but if he is convicted of more than one of them the sentences must be served consecutively rather than concurrently.Lincoln also is charged with theft of more than $500, criminal mischief, menacing, first-degree criminal trespass and false imprisonment.In addition, he is being prosecuted simultaneously in Mesa County for his alleged crimes there.Police believe Lincoln was part of the methamphetamine subculture in Mesa County.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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