Court briefs

Dolores man faces trial in assault case

Armando Paredes pleaded not guilty last week to a charge of third-degree assault. A three-day jury trial date was scheduled Sept. 3.

According to court records, the 20-year-old Dolores man was arrested on Oct. 28, 2013, and charged with a felony count of third-degree assault on an at-risk victim, and two related misdemeanor offenses. Paredes was in custody serving a sentence on an unrelated juvenile charge when he appeared before Walker on April 22.

Officials said the assault charge resulted when an elderly man unintentionally ran over the defendant's dog. Officials said when the driver stopped to apologize, the defendant started beating the victim. Court records reveal the victim is owed $642 in restitution.

Dolores man pleads guilty to second-degree burglary

A Dolores man pleaded guilty last week to second-degree burglary. The plea deal includes a 60-day capped jail term.

Charged with four felony second-degree burglary charges, a felony count for criminal mischief and a related misdemeanor offense, Mark Williams, 41, pleaded guilty Tuesday, April 22, to a lone Class 4 felony count of second-degree burglary. The charge carries a maximum 12-year prison term.

Walker informed Williams the court was not bound by the terms of the plea agreement. Williams will be sentenced on June 12.

It's alleged that Williams and two co-defendants stole more than $20,000 in computer equipment, firearms, Native American artifacts and hunting equipment.

The plea deal stipulates all other charges against Williams will be dismissed.