DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — The man who led police on a high-speed chase returns to court Thursday.
Prosecutors are hoping to get access to Ryan Stone’s jail medical records. If they do, the case will move forward much quicker. In May, Stone’s attorneys claimed he was incompetent to stand trial. If the judge sides with them, the case will be stalled.
The last time Stone was in court, he glanced at family members who came to support him. Prosecutors say he showed “extreme indifference to the value of human life” for his crime spree that stretched through five counties around Denver and was witnessed by thousands on live TV on March 12.
“Ryan didn’t take any lives and yet his life will be taken and to me that’s unfair,” said Jason Hernandez, a friend of Stone.
Stone is facing 26 counts involving 11 victims, including attempted first-degree murder of state trooper Bellamann Hee, along with first-degree assault, second-degree kidnapping and two counts of child abuse of a 4-year-old boy in the first stolen car and a 13-year-old in a carjacked gold van.
” If we are successful in proving all of those things up, the minimum sentence would be 96 years, the maximum sentence at the discretion of the judge would be well over 100 years in the Department of Corrections, said 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler.
Stone is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m.