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Preliminary Hearing Continued For Stephen Montano

on December 5, 2017 - 9:08am



A preliminary hearing for Stephen Montano, 22, of Grants was again continued Friday in Los Alamos Magistrate Court and reset for Jan. 12, 2018.

Montano’s attorney Tyr Loranger had advised him to ask for the continuance to allow Loranger to review a video of an Aug. 25 shoplifting incident at Smith’s Marketplace, which resulted in charges of resisting or obstructing an officer, shoplifting and conspiracy for the purpose of committing shoplifting. Montano at first agreed but only minutes after witnesses for the preliminary hearing were dismissed, he decided he wanted the hearing to be held after all.

Judge Pat Casados granted the continuance telling Montano that he has a public defender to advise him and that Loranger had given him good advice. She said she wanted Loranger to see the video so that he could prepare an honest and fair defense for Montano.

Montano and another man, Joel Martin were involved in an attempt to run down Los Alamos Police Cpl. Robert Larsen subsequent to the shoplifting incident. Upon his arrest in Los Alamos County, Montano was served with an outstanding warrant from Cibola County from a 2015 case on charges of aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement officer, abuse of a child, resisting arrest, aggravated driving under the influence, failure to yield, no insurance and an expired registration.

Judge Casados ordered Montano transported to the Cibola County Detention Center to handle 2015 charges there and brought back to Los Alamos for a Jan. 12 preliminary hearing.