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Levi Hyde to receive substance abuse treatment

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Facing multiple felony charges, Levi Hyde appeared in Delta District Court Monday for entry of plea. That hearing was postponed, however, after the district attorney's office informed Judge Steven Schultz that evidence has not yet been received for two additional felony allegations in the North Fork. Deputy district attorney Kurt Beckenhauer said he had hoped to handle all the cases under a "global disposition."

In the meantime, Hyde has been accepted into an intensive inpatient program in Pueblo intended to address his substance abuse issues.

Clearly, those substance abuse issues are underlying causes of the felonies, Judge Schultz noted. Although Hyde is accused of multiple offenses, he said he would not object to Hyde starting the 90-day program, with the understanding he will immediately return to Delta County for criminal proceedings. If he is terminated from the program for any reason, the judge stressed he must immediately inform the court and return to Delta County. Hyde is currently being held in the Delta County Jail.

Judge Schultz approved a personal recognizance bond, effective Oct. 7 -- the day a slot opens up in the Circle program. A church elder will transport Hyde to Pueblo.

A status conference was set for Oct. 26, so the judge can verify by phone that Hyde is still in the program.

Hyde is accused of a break-in at Hays Drug in Paonia and the theft of a pickup from Crawford Town Hall.

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