Trial set in jail escape case

A man charged as an accessory in a successful 2009 escape from the Mesa County Jail could be taking his case to trial.

Rodney Price, 32, was scheduled Monday for a six-day trial after pleading not guilty to aiding and abetting escape in the case of 42-year-old Shane Johnson, who broke out of the Mesa County Jail in September 2009 and remains in custody in Mexico.

Matt Daymon, Price’s attorney, requested the trial Monday after telling District Judge Thomas Deister that plea agreement talks with the District Attorney’s Office have essentially broken down.

Price is now scheduled to be tried over six days starting Nov. 1.

According to arrest affidavits, Price is overheard in a conversation recorded at the Mesa County Jail talking about having “four tires at two different spots for Shane, so he can switch and go” after escaping.

Johnson’s wife, Marilynne, 46, was sentenced in February to six years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit escape.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department earlier this month said Johnson remains jailed in Mexico on an immigration hold and in lieu of paying a $1,200 fine.


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