'Dougherty Gang' To Face Justice in in Huerfano County

By: Kendra Potter/KKTV
By: Kendra Potter/KKTV
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Each of the Dougherty siblings now face a plethora of charges in Huerfano County. At the top of the list for each is criminal attempt to commit second degree murder.

Prosecutors filed charges against the trio accused in a cross-country crime spree that began in Florida and ended with gun-play and a high speed chase in Colorado.

The charges were filed Monday afternoon ahead of a court hearing in Southern Colorado for 29-year-old Lee Grace Dougherty, 26-year-old Dylan Stanley-Dougherty and 21-year-old Ryan Edward Dougherty.

Each was charged with over 20 offenses. Ryan faces 24, Dylan 23 offenses, and Lee Grace is charged with 29 counts. All three face five counts of attempted second degree murder and first degree assault charges. They were also charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft and having a falsified license plate. Ryan also faces a charge for vehicle eluding.

Each defendant is being held on a bond of $1.25 million.

One by one each sibling appeared before a judge in stripe jumpsuits and handcuffs. They each said little beyond “yes” or “no” in answer to the judge’s questions. Their attorneys waived their right to have each charged against them read in court.

The hearing caused quite the scene at the courthouse Monday. Officials blocked off streets next to the courthouse and manned the area with armed officers, as they walked the siblings across the street from the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office to the courthouse. It was a scene that caused quite the stir among local residents.

“The courthouse has been blocked off all day, and all the Sheriff's officials and other officers are all on duty. There are even snipers on the roof, it's been very interesting,” said Walsenburg resident Terri Daniels.

Authorities previously said the trio robbed a bank in Georgia and shot at police officers in Florida and Colorado. They are also suspected of stealing two cars in Utah.

It is still undetermined which state the siblings will stand trial in first. Next Monday the Pueblo County District Attorney’s Office will decide whether to pursue or dismiss their charges against them.

In Huerfano County a new court date has not yet been set. Officials involved will first have a discussion on how to proceed.

Details of the siblings' many charges are available on-line at the Third Judicial District's Website.

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