Man pleads not guilty to 4 counts of conspiracy to commit burglary

Austin Holaday, 19, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to four charges of conspiracy to commit burglary at his District Court arraignment.

District Court judge Tori Kricken said Holaday could be sentenced to decades in prison.

“A conspiracy to commit burglary charge is punishable by no less than five years and no more than 25 years in prison,” Kricken said. “(Holaday) could receive up to 100 years of incarceration for all four charges.”

Holaday also faces charges in connection with a robbery May 21 at Kiwanis Park, where he and three other people allegedly robbed a man. Albany County Prosecuting Attorney Peggy Trent said when people commit crimes after they paid bond, the perpetrator’s bond could be revoked or they could receive an enhanced sentence if they are found guilty of both charges.

“We did file a motion for revocation of Holaday on Sept. 12 and that is how he ended up back in jail after he committed the offence,” Trent said. “(Or he could receive an) enhanced sentenced when they do sentencing, the two charges could run consecutively or the judge could do them concurrently.”

According to court documents, a Laramie Police Department officer responded to a report of several vehicle burglaries around 9:40 a.m. Aug. 26 at an apartment complex on West Jefferson Street. Vehicle owners reported items — including a power drill, 20-25 checks and $100 in cash — were missing from their vehicles, court documents state.

A review of video surveillance from the apartment complex showed two people were going in and out of multiple vehicles at the location around 2:50 a.m.

Using the surveillance footage the officer identified Holaday was one of the individuals, court documents state.

Holaday allegedly told the officer he was with Dustin Sanchez, who he said broke into all of the vehicles and kept the stolen items from that night. The officer asked the defendant to come to the police department for further questioning, court documents state.

While the officer was speaking to the defendant, one of Sanchez’s family members came to the LPD and requesting a master key that could have been in her son’s possession. The family member allegedly told the officer she saw a lot of items in a motel room that did not belong to Sanchez that he brought into the hotel room, court documents state.

Sanchez’s family member provided consent to search the motel room, where they found several items which were recovered and placed into evidence. The officers were also informed Sanchez could also be hiding items at a relative’s house, and after searching the house officers found more items reported stolen, court documents state.

Sanchez’s arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 27.

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