State extends plea offer to man charged with escape

January 13, 2019

KINGMAN — A Bullhead City man facing more than two dozen years in prison was back in court Friday on an escape charge.

Chase Robert Salveson, 47, is charged with second-degree escape and first-degree failure to appear for failing to return to jail the day after his plea agreement in an earlier case.

Salveson’s attorney, Ron Gilleo, said the prosecutor submitted a plea offer and asked the judge for time to discuss the offer with his client.

Superior Court Judge Derek Carlisle set Salveson’s next hearing for Feb. 5. The judge also allowed Salveson to appear by telephone from state prison. If there is a plea agreement or the case goes to trial, Salveson will be brought back to Mohave County.

Carlisle also took under advisement the prosecutor’s motion for taped recordings of a previous hearing on Salveson’s prior drug case.

Salveson pleaded guilty in March 2018 to possession of dangerous drugs for sale and misconduct with a weapon. He was granted a 24-hour furlough before he was to return to jail the next day but failed to do so.

Bullhead City police officers and officers from a state gang task force arrested Salveson on Oct. 12 at a Santa Cruz Avenue home.

In November, former Superior Court Judge Richard Weiss sentenced Salveson to 253/4 years in prison for the drug and weapons charges. He would have been sentenced to 101/2 to 15 years in prison under the original plea agreement, but received the harsher sentence after he failed to appear from the furlough.

For the drug charges, Salveson was arrested Nov. 16, 2017, by the gang task force for selling drugs from his Bullhead City apartment. He also had a felony warrant for parole violation.

Salveson was originally charged in the Aug. 21, 2011, stabbing death of Raymond Sanchez, 36, whose body was left at the entrance to the Colorado River Nature Center. Salveson was found not guilty of the murder in October 2015 but pleaded guilty in February 2016 to abandonment of a dead body and sentenced to three years in prison.

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