Joshua Mock sentenced to probation for stealing bus and taking passengers on a joy ride

KEYSTONE, Colo. - The man who confessed to stealing a bus in Keystone last February and taking the passengers for a joy ride that ended with the bus stuck in the snow will spend three years on probation.

Passengers on the Summit Stage bus told deputies a man dressed in dark clothing and a black balaclava got on the bus at River Run, jumped in the empty driver's seat and drove off. He was later identified as Joshua Taylor Mock, 23.

Passengers called 911 saying the man was driving erratically on Montezuma Road, according to the Summit County Sheriff's Office. Another passenger slept through most of the joy ride.

When deputies got to Montezuma Road, they found the bus had apparently slid off and was stuck.

They also spotted Mock about a half-mile away, walking down the road.

According to the District Attorney's Office, Mock spoke at his sentencing and expressed his apologies. He reiterated that at the time he believed he was helping everyone get home.

Presiding judge Karen Romeo sentenced Mock to three years of probation for the charges of motor vehicle theft and false imprisonment and two years for the charge of reckless endangerment. All of those sentences will run concurrently.

He'll also have to complete 60 hours of community service.

The sentence included 90 days of jail time, but Mock had credit already for 106 days of jail time.

"Romeo added that Mock should treat probation as an aid in his journey to regain his health, rather than as a punishment," DA spokeswoman Jill Sarmo wrote about the sentencing.

Mock is also facing charges of motor vehicle trespassing and resisting arrest in Park County related to a Feb. 19 incident where he is accused of starting one of the military surplus Humvees owned by the Town of Alma. A plea hearing for that case is scheduled for July 8.