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Man convicted of possession

A 33-year-old Steamboat Springs man was convicted of possessing less than 1 gram of methamphetamine Friday.

The jury couldn’t agree about a charge that the man had possessed an illegal weapon.

Nathan Richard Noble was found guilty of possessing meth, a Class 6 felony.



Noble also faced charges of possessing two illegal shotguns, according to court documents.

Noble is scheduled for sentencing at 1 p.m. Oct. 5.



Steamboat Springs police Det. Dave Kleiber said Noble was arrested in October on the charges after officers who were arresting Noble’s roommate reportedly saw the drugs and guns at Noble’s home.

The two shotguns he possessed were both sawed to 13.5 inches, making them illegal. Shotgun barrels are not allowed to be shorter than 18 inches, Kleiber said.

Noble is facing several other felony charges, including theft, burglary and criminal mischief for a crime that allegedly occurred in October.

Noble, along with two other Steamboat Springs men, reportedly broke into someone’s home and stole thousands of dollars worth of guns and other weapons from the home.

One of the shotguns discussed in Thursday’s trial is suspected to have been used in the October burglary, Kleiber said.

Noble’s second trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 14.

Before Noble’s trial began Thursday, Kleiber said one of the prosecution’s witnesses reported receiving threatening calls from Noble.

Noble’s attorney, Larry Combs, said the witness was friends with Noble and did not feel threatened.

After the trial concluded Thursday, Noble was arrested at the Routt County Courthouse on suspicion of tampering with a witness and violating the terms of his bond conditions, both felonies. Noble also was arrested on suspicion of violating a protection order, a misdemeanor.

District Judge Michael O’Hara set Noble’s bond at $15,000. He is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 3 p.m. Sept. 6.


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