The judge was ready to proceed with sentencing Boyd D. Gleason on his robbery plea Friday, but continued it at the request of the defense and the prosecution.

Gleason earlier this year pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and criminal extortion, for using a pellet gun to hold up the Stinker’s gas station last September and forcing the clerk there to lift her shirt.

He was initially also accused of pointing the pellet gun at a teenage customer, although related charges were dismissed under his plea agreement.

Gleason was arrested a short distance away. Police reported recovering money and cigarettes taken from the store.

Friday, Gleason’s public defender Kori Zapletal asked for a delay so he could be screened for additional alternative or diversionary sentencing programs. Gleason’s plea deal called for open sentencing — anything from a diversionary sentence, such as probation or community corrections, to a maximum of 10 years in prison.

District Judge Mary Deganhart said she was not inclined to grant the continuance, and that Gleason was unlikely to qualify for some of the programs; however, the prosecutor said he had anticipated a continuance and informed the victims accordingly.

Sentencing was reset to May 6, with drug court and community corrections screens ordered, although Deganhart said she did not think drug court has the resources appropriate for Gleason.

Katharhynn Heidelberg is the senior writer for the Montrose Daily Press. Follow her on Twitter @kathMDP.

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