CANYON CITY – A judge has denied a request for reduced bail for Shane Lee Sanders, accused in the shooting spree that triggered a daylong manhunt in Seneca earlier this month.
At a hearing Thursday, Grant County Circuit Court Judge William D. Cramer Jr. decided to keep security at $500,000, or $50,000 cash.
Defense attorney Robert Raschio had argued Sanders was not a flight risk. He sought a bail reduction to $100,000 or $10,000, along with a third-party release to let Sanders stay on a Riley-area ranch owned by a friend.
However, Deputy District Attorney Matt Ipson contended Sanders would be a flight risk. He called two victims of the incident as witnesses, one who is fearful and in hiding after the events at the Timbers Inn and RV Park on the night of Oct. 8. The other, Undersheriff Todd McKinley, testified about the shooting scene and Sanders’ demeanor. He said three weapons believed to be used by Sanders are still missing.
Indicted by the grand jury, Sanders faces 26 counts ranging from aggravated attempted murder to menacing and criminal mischief. He has not entered a plea, and remains in the county jail. The next status hearing in the case is Nov. 5.
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