EVANSTON ó On Dec. 12, William Manly of Lyman was arraigned in Third District Court on one charge of robbery, two charges of strangulation and one charge of grand larceny. It was alleged Manly committed robbery by taking keys and then a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica using bodily force, strangling his victim repeatedly and taking a 2002 Nissan Maxima belonging to another on Oct. 13 of this year.
Manly could face up to life in prison on the charges, as Uinta County Attorney Dean Stout is asking the court to give Manly habitual criminal status. Manly has previous convictions on aggravated assault and battery, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver charges.
Manly pleaded not guilty to all four charges. A pretrial conference was set for March 13, with a trial to follow on April 3. Manlyís bail was set at $150,000.
On Dec. 13, Manly also appeared in Uinta County Circuit Court on one count of misdemeanor battery. It was alleged Manly committed the battery while a prisoner in the Uinta County Detention Center awaiting trial on non-related felony charges.
Manly pleaded guilty to the battery charge earlier and was awaiting sentencing on the matter.
Manly was sentenced to serve 180 days in the Uinta County Jail, and pay $40 in court costs. The jail time was suspended on the condition Manly follow the rules at the detention center while incarcerated there.