Evidentiary hearing for Seth Collins to be held at Prescott court

Seth Collins

Seth Collins

PRESCOTT -- Another evidentiary hearing for a man charged with 23 counts relating to a November 2014 traffic crash on State Route 260 will be held at the Yavapai County Superior Court in Prescott Friday, Aug. 3.

Some items on the exhibit list include body cam footage, a Department of Public Safety report, a Verde Valley Fire District report and medical records.

Seth Collins was arrested in 2015 after an investigation concluded his truck collided with a van carrying eight people – three of which were children.

Collins is also facing dangerous drug possession and paraphernalia charges. His cases spanned three years in Division 7 in Camp Verde under Judge Michael Bluff. The cases have since been reassigned to Prescott Judge Jeffery Paupore.

With Judge Bluff overseeing the case, Collins rejected an initial plea that offered a sentence between 15 to 20 years. The state later offered another plea with a stipulation of 21 to 25 years, which he accepted.

Before Collins was scheduled for sentencing, Judge Bluff rejected the plea deal saying the sentencing stipulation was inappropriate.

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IzzatSo 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Blow the dust off the Bill of Rights ninth amendment and we discover: "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial..." November 2014? Speedy trial? Sounds to me like somebody is seriously gaming the system.

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Steven1900s 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I don't get it. The defendant rejects the 1st deal or 15-20 years, take the 2nd deal (21-25 years) and the judge has a problem with that? The article doesn't say whether or not anyone died; 21-25 years should be more than enough if there wasn't a death.

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