Saturday, October 5, 2013
U.S. Bank robbery suspect Timothy Bryan Glenn is scheduled to enter a plea Dec. 2 to answer charges brought against him in connection with an armed robbery that was committed at U.S. Bank in Hood River Sept. 12.
Glenn, who is also facing theft and delivery of marijuana charges, appeared before a Hood River County Circuit Court judge Oct. 1 via a live video feed from the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles to set the plea date.
Representing the defendant now is Steven Houze, a Portland attorney, who has taken over for Brian Starns — a Hood River attorney who previously served as Glenn’s court-appointed counsel. Starns reported during a previous court date that Glenn’s father, who lives in North Carolina, wished to retain the services of an alternate attorney to represent his son.
Houze advised his new client Tuesday morning to waive his right to go to trial within 60 days, “in light of my recent substitution.”
Olsen explained to Glenn that since he was charged with a Measure 11 offense — second-degree robbery, which carries a minimum sentence of 70 months if convicted — he had the right to have his case proceed to trial within 60 days, but advised that exercising that right isn’t always the best decision.
“Oftentimes, in serious or complicated cases it makes sense to waive that right and give the attorney more time to prepare a defense,” he said, and then asked Glenn if he wished to waive that right.
“(If) my attorney’s indicated it’s the best, then absolutely,” Glenn said.
Houze made no mention of seeking a reduction in bail, which Starns brought up in Glenn’s previous court appearance Sept. 23. Glenn has been held in NORCOR on $25,000 bail since his arrest Sept. 16.
Olsen granted the waiver and set Glenn’s plea date to Monday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.
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