CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - Wearing a red jumpsuit and padlocked shackles, the suspect accused in a series of carjackings during an hour-long chase waived his right to speedy trial and to hear the 26 charges he will face read in court.
Ryan Cole Stone, 28, is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and a slew of other counts in connection to the March 13 chase. The attempted murder charge names as a victim Trooper Bellaman Hee, who was hit and seriously injured by the second vehicle in the series of three allegedly used by Stone during the chase. The kidnapping charge pertains to the 4-year-old who was inside the first vehicle involved. Several other charges pertain to the carjackings, leaving the scene of several accidents during the chase, child abuse and criminal mischief.
Stone's arrest in Douglas County, like the rest of the chase that zigzagged across area highways, was broadcast on live television and internet video streams. Still, the prosecution will have to prove to a jury that each of the crimes occurred beyond a reasonable doubt.
"If he is convicted of all the allegations, and they're just allegations that we've made, the minimum sentence the judge could give him is 96 years in the dept of corrections," said Arapahoe District Attorney George Brauchler.
Additionally, Stone has pending drug cases in Centennial and Aurora. Prosecutors tried to revoke his bond prior to the chase, but Stone exited the courtroom before he could be taken into custody.
Stone's criminal record dates back to 2003, when he turned 18. It includes motor vehicle theft, assault, weapons and various drugs.
Stone's preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 29.