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Transcripts reveal plea offer for man charged with 41 felonies

— Transcripts released this week show the District Attorney’s Office is offering the man charged with 41 felonies a deal that means he could spend 18.2 years in prison.

The accusations against Miguel Diaz-Martinez, 60, are that he exchanged drugs for sex with underage girls.

The Steamboat Pilot & Today asked for the transcripts after a portion of a Jan. 26 hearing was closed to the public.

District Judge Shelley Hill ruled Thursday that the hearing should not have been closed to the public, and the transcripts should be released.

During the closed portion of the Jan. 26 hearing, District Attorney Brett Barkey said his office had offered Diaz-Martinez the opportunity to plead guilty to eight counts.

Barkey said they were still negotiating what counts Diaz-Martinez would plead guilty to, but they were contemplating human trafficking.

The agreed-upon sentence would be 52 years.

“Part of our understanding, in coming to that number of years, is by statute any inmate is entitled to good time calculations, which cuts that sentence in half to establish their parole eligibility date,” Barkey said. “An inmate is also entitled to 30 percent off of that date for what’s called earned time.”

The result would be 18.2 years if he is able to earn all the time, Barkey said.

Under the deal, Diaz-Martinez would only be pleading guilty to charges that have a determinate sentence, meaning Diaz-Martinez would spend no more than 52 years in prison.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland


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