Thayn a no-show at sentencing hearing
by Doug McMurdo
The Times-Independent
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Nobody appeared to be surprised when Mark Thayn failed to appear for his sentencing hearing in Seventh District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

The former outfitter and businessman was purportedly stranded in Salt Lake City and unable to get to Moab for the hearing, according to one of his attorneys.

Thayn pleaded guilty to a number of felony firearm and drug counts on Dec. 18. Judge Don Torgerson agreed to release Thayn from the Grand County Jail after 140 days in custody pending his sentencing, and the judge made it clear Thayn’s behavior while out on bail would play a factor in the sentence he would hand down.

Former Grand County Attorney Andrew Fitzgerald said his office would recommend a prison term for Thayn due to the number of crimes he pleaded guilty to committing. They include: possession of methamphetamine, a weapons possession count, and theft by deception. In exchange, prosecutors dropped a count of trafficking meth, 10 theft by deception counts and another weapons count.

Torgerson agreed to hold the theft by deception guilty plea in abeyance in order to give Thayn a chance to pay restitution of more than $5,000 to the National Wildlife Turkey Federation, the victim of 11 gun thefts Thayn was allegedly behind.

Fitzgerald at the December hearing said Thayn has been the subject of 19 separate incidents since 2016.

Torgerson might issue a warrant for Thayn’s arrest should he fail to appear for sentencing Feb. 5.

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