Two men take plea deal, agree to testify against Steinfeldt
By Trudy Balcom
RAWLINS — The number of Bobbie Steinfeldt’s friends and customers agreeing to testify against her continues to rise.
Two unrelated men, both with the last name of Brown, appeared in Carbon County District Court Monday and each agreed to plead to reduced charges in return for their testimony in Steinfeldt’s drug trial scheduled for Oct. 18.
James Brown, 32, who was free on bond, was late to his sentencing hearing scheduled for 9 a.m.
Brown was arrested at Steinfeldt’s home in early December, during the same incident in which Steinfeldt herself was arrested.
Rawlins Police responded to Steinfeldt’s home after an assault on Brown was reported.
When he appeared in court at about 10 a.m., he told Judge Wade Waldrip that he had trouble getting up in the morning.
To Carbon County District Court Judge Wade Waldrip’s amazement, Brown said he had not read his pre-sentence investigation report or his addiction severity index report, two key documents used by the court to establish a proper sentence in a case.
Brown signed his plea agreement Monday. In exchange for guilty plea to a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine — and his testimony against Bobbi Steinfeldt in her upcoming trial, two other drug charges against him were dropped.
Brown was sentenced to two to four years in prison; that sentence was suspended in favor of three years supervised probation. He was also immediately taken into custody at the close of his hearing, as Waldrip sentenced him to 10 days in jail for contempt of court.
Korey Brown, 29, of Rawlins, also appeared in court for a change of plea hearing.
Brown was charged with felony possession, possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver methamphetamine in January. He was arrested before James Brown and Bobbi Steinfeldt.
On Monday, he pleaded guilty to the possession charge and all other charges were dismissed in exchange for his testimony against Steinfeldt.
In an interview arranged at Brown’s request on Dec. 1, 2015, Brown told Division of Criminal Investigation Agent Eric Ford that he “he had information regarding large amounts of methamphetamine which were being sold in Rawlins,” the affidavit in the case stated.
In that interview, Brown told Ford that he did odd jobs for Steinfeldt, and bought and sometimes sold small quantities of methamphetamine. He told Ford that he had observed as much as four pounds of meth in Steinfeldt’s possession.
Brown told Waldrip Monday that he had admitted to possession of meth to Agent Ford.
Sentencing in the case will be scheduled at a later date. Brown remains jailed at the Carbon County Detention Center.
Steinfeldt was originally scheduled to stand trial on June 7. A motion to continue the trial was entered April 25 by her public defender, Patricia Bennett.
Bennett cited the large amount of discovery in the case as one reason for the request. She also said that her service to other clients caused a conflict of interest in the case and asked that the case be assigned to another attorney.