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Bail reduction denied for Fuentes in witness-tampering case

Posted: Jan 17, 2018 3:07 PM Updated:
Robert Fuentes, Jr. in court on January 17, 2018 Robert Fuentes, Jr. in court on January 17, 2018

Robert Fuentes, Jr., was denied a reduction of bail on Wednesday in Great Falls due to the seriousness of the charge against him.

Fuentes is charged with one count of tampering with a witness or informants.

According to court documents, Fuentes is friends with Michael Echeverria, who is in jail on assault and kidnapping charges.

In September, Fuentes contacted a friend of the victim in the Echeverrria case asking to speak with her.

The victim called Fuentes from GFPD detective Katie Cunningham’s phone and he told her that the "family is willing to do whatever you want to alleviate this."

The defense was asking for the bail to be set at $10,000, and the state asked to keep it at $75,000 due to the seriousness of the case.

Judge John Parker kept the bail as is and stated that if they can find a house arrest program in California, he will re-reconsider the request.

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