A man who allegedly murdered his own father before running to Colorado to escape law enforcement last year has been returned to Utah, after 22 charges brought against him by Colorado prosecutors connected to that run were dropped. James Main Jr., 34, was returned to the state last week and will now face charges of aggravated murder in relation to the death of his father James Main Sr., 56. The aggravated murder charge is considered a capital offense, and Maines could be facing the death penalty if convicted.
According to police, Main's father had called police Oct. 28 informing them that his son had stolen his gun before fleeing to the mountainous area close to where Mains Sr. lived. He further told police that his son "was acting crazy and sprayed him with a fire extinguisher and then threatened to stab his truck tire," according to a police affidavit. The following day Roosevelt police received a call about shots having been fired at a residence. Upon arriving they learned that Mains Jr. had abducted a man and a woman at gunpoint from their home, then forced them to drive him to the location the shots had been fired at.
Main's hostages got into a physical altercation with him at the residence, and managed to escape. During the altercation a resident at the home managed to wrestle the gun Main was using away from him. When police spoke with the man who'd been abducted, they learned he had been bragging about killing his father with the gun he was threatening them with. Sure enough, when officers arrived at the home of Main Sr., they discovered his body on the floor, dead from two gunshot wounds.
Main was arrested in Grand Junction, Colorado after he led police hunting him on two high-speed chases, broke into the home of a woman to change his clothes, abducted the woman and left in her car, crashed another stolen car, and stole a bicycle. Prosecutors in Colorado say Main faced 22 charges in his alleged sting on the run, 13 of which are considered to be felonies. The Colorado charges have been dismissed to allow for extradition to Utah, but prosecutors in Colorado have every intention of refiling them in the next few weeks. The Colorado felony charges originally filed against Main included allegations of kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, felony menacing, motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, attempted robbery, criminal mischief and burglary of a dwelling. Once the case here in Utah has been concluded, he will stand trial in Colorado.
However, before he returns to Colorado Main faces a number of charges in Utah. On top of the capital charge of aggravated murder, Main faces first-degree felony charges of attempted aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated burglary. Main is also charged with firearm offenses, including possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, a second-degree felony; felony discharge of a firearm, a third-degree felony; and having a loaded firearm in a vehicle or prohibited area, a class B misdemeanor. He also faces two class B misdemeanor counts of assault.
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